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

Video shows Erdogan watched bodyguards' violent attack on protesters in DC


Video captured Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan watching as his government security detail and several armed individuals violently clashed with protesters.

"The conduct of Turkish security personnel earlier this week is deeply disturbing", the official added.

The United States can confirm that two Turkish security officers involved in attacks on peaceful protesters in Washington, DC earlier this week were detained and released, yet a probe of the incident is ongoing, a State Department official told Sputnik. "The State Department has raised its concerns about these events at the highest levels and a thorough investigation that will allow us to hold the responsible individuals accountable is of the utmost importance to us".

Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham called Tuesday's attack on Washington's Embassy Row "brutal".

According to the video, one of Erdogan's bodyguard speaks with him while protesters chant slogans saying, "baby killer Erdogan".

President Donald Trump, in hosting Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House Tuesday, May 16, 2017, extended his latest warm welcome to an authoritarian-style leader who had a strained relationship with the previous U.S. administration.

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Close-up footage shared on social media showed the bodyguards dressed in suits beating and punching people in the crowd.

On Wednesday the State Department gave a statement slamming the violence as inappropriate.

The incident happened in front of the Turkish ambassador's residence.

Supporters of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan have attacked peaceful protesters in Washington D.C. The demonstration, which began at Lafayette Square at noon, was organized by a coalition of organizations, including the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) and the American Hellenic Council. The Turkish embassy, however, later released a statement blaming the altercation on protesters it said were supporting the US-outlawed terror group Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

"The Turkish-Americans responded in self-defense", the statement said.

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