Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Turkey Protesters Say Erdogan Supporters Attacked Them in Washington

Turkey Protesters Say Erdogan Supporters Attacked Them in Washington

The minister said Trump's new US administration seems more understanding about Turkey's security concerns.

"We intend to assure that there is accountability for anyone involved in this assault", he said, adding that the police were working closely with the State Department and the Secret Service. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said the agency is "concerned by the violent incidents" and "violence is never an appropriate response to free speech".

"As a result of the assault, 11 people and one police officer were injured", said Peter Newsham, Metropolitan Police Department chief.

The Turkish foreign minister is calling for the removal of the United States envoy, claiming he is sympathetic to Kurdish Syrians as the top congressional Republican demands swift action after the Turkish president's security detail violently broke up a protest in Washington, DC.

Witnesses described what happened at the scene.

The Turkish embassy's take on the situation is quite different: they're claiming that demonstrators were "affiliated with the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party)" and that they "began aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the President". "Someone was beating me in the head nonstop", she said.

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And Erdogan, speaking in Istanbul two days after meeting Trump, said he was putting Washington on notice that his forces won't hesitate to attack USA -backed Kurds if they threaten Turkey. "We would just take the step".

According to the International Crisis Group, at least 2,798 people, including state security personnel and Kurdish militants, have been killed in Turkey. "This isn't Turkey, this isn't a Third World country, and this kind of thing can not go un-responded to diplomatically", McCain said.

The PKK is considered a terror group by the US and Turkey's Western allies.

"We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America", the Arizona Republican told MSNBC's "Morning Joe" on Thursday.

Police secure the street outside the Turkish Embassy during a visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, May 16, 2017, in Washington, DC. "To send a clear message that these acts of violence will not be tolerated, I ask that you immediately look into this matter and bring all appropriate criminal charges before these individuals leave the United States". It also fueled the perception that the US allows Turkey's leader to bring strongman tactics with him when he visits the USA capital.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu said on May 18 that Brett McGurk, the US special envoy to the coalition against the Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL), should be removed from his post as he "supports terrorist groups".

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