Published: Tue, May 30, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

2 in United States court over Washington protest fight

2 in United States court over Washington protest fight

According to reports, Erdogan's bodyguards pushed past United States police and assaulted a group of protesters hours after the meeting between Trump and Erdogan.

Some of the protesters were knocked down and kicked repeatedly in the head.

As news of the Trump Administration's implosion circulates, tensions in Washington D.C. continue to escalate as demonstrators protesting against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan faced a series of violent assaults.

House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, a California Republican, called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson "to hold individuals accountable" for the attack.

Witnesses described what happened at the scene.

"The actions seen outside the Turkish Embassy in Washington DC stand in contrast to the First Amendment rights and principles we work tirelessly to protect every single day".

I don't have anything non-obvious to say about this. "And I thought, 'okay I'm on the ground already, what is the goal to beat me?'" "The demonstrators began aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the president".

"Clearly Erdogan's guards feel complete impunity, drawing on tools of repression they use at home & knowing he has their back, no matter what", wrote former U.S. ambassador to the UN Samantha Power on Twitter. "We would just take the step".

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Erdogan's party did not immediately respond to the allegations, but pro-government and state-run media in Turkey blamed the incident on supporters of the PKK and YPG Kurdish armed movements.

Earlier on Tuesday, Erdogan met with President Donald Trump at the White House, where the two leaders vowed to fix their countries' relationship and re-establish an economic and military partnership.

"This kind of thing cannot go un-responded to diplomatically", said McCain, suggesting that the USA sue the Turkish government if the bodyguards responsible for the violence can't be identified.

He said he told the United States that Turkey could not be part of the operation to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from Islamic State due to the participation of the YPG.

"We clearly told them this: if there is any sort of attack from the YPG and PYD against Turkey, we will implement the rules of engagement without asking anyone", Sabah newspaper cited him as saying.

"The U.S. Department of State is working closely with local authorities concerning this incident", the spokesperson said.

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

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