Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Turkey demands U.S. fire envoy in spat over Syrian Kurds

Turkey demands U.S. fire envoy in spat over Syrian Kurds

The 26-year-old New Jersey student, Ceren Borazan said President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security detail squeezed her neck before threating to kill her during a protest outside Turkish embassy residence in DC on Tuesday.

Police said 11 people were injured, including a Washington police officer, and two people were arrested for assault.

On Tuesday, members of Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's armed security detail viciously beat up protesters, putting some in the hospital. He added that some members of the pro-Erdogan group were carrying firearms, which made it more hard for police to contain the scene.

In a statement, the Turkish Embassy blamed the violence on the demonstrators, saying they were "aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the President". John McCain (R - AZ) is demanding the USA throw Turkey's Ambassador "the hell out of the United States of America" after security working for Turkey's president attacked American protesters.

Republican Senator Ben Sasse, writing on Twitter, said Erdogan should "remember that this country is built on free speech, free religion, free press, and freedom to protest". "We also said this: If terror organizations pose a threat for us we will use our self-defense right and do what is necessary".

The incident occurred after Erdogan arrived after a White House meeting with President Trump.

Two men were arrested at the scene, and police say they intend to pursue charges against others involved as well. "He sent his goons to DC to rough up Americans and suppress the free speech rights of US citizens, and all the State Department can muster is a generic expression of opposition to violence".

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"This isn't Turkey. This isn't a third-world country", Sen.

"We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America", said McCain on MSNBC's Morning Joe show, in response to video that appears to show the violence.

The Turkish Embassy yesterday released a statement on the violence.

Turkey believes the Kurds in Syria are linked to the PKK.

Turkish supporters, however, claimed they were provoked by members of the Turkish Kurdish party YPG, which Erdogan's government considers a terrorist group for its links to the PKK.

The United States has the Kurdish rebels as its main ally in the area and plans to carry out an offensive against the city of Raqqa, in the hands of the IS, considered the "capital of the caliphate" in Syrian territory.

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