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USA decries Washington, DC, brawl during Erdogan's visit

19 May 2017

The State Department has criticized the Turkish government over violence outside its embassy, where Erdogan's security staff broke up an anti-government protest.

"We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America", McCain, who heads the Senate Armed Services Committee, told MSNBC.

The Turkish embassy blamed protesters Thursday for Turkish security officials' attack in Washington, D.C., despite video evidence that contradicts their claims.

The Turkish newspaper Hurriyet reports that Turkish prosecutors are accusing Brunson of "delivering sermons to the Kurds with "a special goal, '" implying that he expressed support for Kurdish separatism or the Kurdistan Workers" Party (PKK), a USA -designated Marxist terrorist group against which Turkey is now waging a military campaign in the southeast of the country.

Nauert said in her statement that the United States respects Turkey's concerns about its approach, and will continue regular consultations on the issue.

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"Customary global law affords heads of state and members of their entourage with inviolability from arrest and detention", a State Department official told ABC News.

The Turkish government doesn't seem to be getting the message.

Erdogan has insulted European Union nations like Germany and the Netherlands by comparing them with Nazis and has hinted that he is seeking to bring back the death penalty, which would doom Turkey's European Union membership aspirations.

"Just hours after the meeting at the White House, Erdogan's security detail violently assaulted Kurdish, Armenian, Ezidi and other peaceful protesters outside the Turkish Ambassador's residence". "This is the United States of America".

"This kind of thing cannot go unresponded to diplomatically", the Arizona Republican said, adding that legal action could be pursued.

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Cavusoglu said Thursday that the Trump administration "did not show any reaction" to the Turkish warning.

The Turkish Embassy maintains the bodyguards were acting in self defense and that the protesters were "aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the president". While we're still learning details about what occurred, disturbing videos show members of Erdogan's security team turning on the protesters. Nine people were hurt. Turkey insists that these YPG militants and their PYD political party are tied to the Kurdish insurgency in Turkey known as the PKK, which the USA, the European Union and Turkey all consider a terrorist organization. But Erdogan's government views the Syrian Kurdish group known as the YPG as an extension of a Kurdish terrorist organization that operates in Turkey.

The U.S. says there's an ongoing investigation that will allow the U.S.

Earlier President Trump and president Erdogan promised to strengthen ties between their two nations, despite the Turkish leader's stern warning about Washington's arming of Kurdish militias.

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USA decries Washington, DC, brawl during Erdogan's visit