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Turkish Embassy Bodyguards Beat up Americans in Washington, Video Shows

21 May 2017

A video by Voice of America (VOA) released on Thursday shows that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan watched violent attack of his bodyguards and embassy staff to protesters outside of the ambassador's residence in the USA capital on Tuesday, Turkish Minute reported.

After his talk with Erdogan, the bodyguard walks towards the protesters and Turkish security personnel at the residence of Turkish ambassador attack them immediately after Erdoğan's bodyguard approaches towards them.

The skirmish came after President Donald Trump had welcomed Erdogan to the White House on Tuesday and praised him as a stalwart ally in the battle against Islamic extremism, ignoring Erdogan's authoritarian crackdown on his own people and recent tensions between the United States and Turkey over the military campaign against the Islamic State group.

It was unclear if they were members of Mr Erdogan's security or protesters. Two people were arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault, and D.C. police said Wednesday the investigation is continuing, with the possibility of other people being charged. In addition, "the U.S. Department of State is working closely with local authorities concerning this incident". Footage of the attack showing protesters being kicked, choked and stomped drew widespread outrage as it was circulated on social media.

The U.S. respects Turkish concerns about its "by, with, and through" approach to the Syrian Democratic Forces led by the YPG, and will continue consulting with Ankara as the focus on combating IS continues, Nauert said.

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"We intend to ensure accountability of anybody involved", said DC police chief Peter Newsham of the situation. Two people were arrested.

The Turkish embassy claimed the groups that assembled were "affiliated with the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party)" without permission and "began aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the President", according to a statement released late Wednesday.

Lawsuits can also be sought, said McCain, as "we can identify these people", but the first step should be to throw the ambassador out of the United States.

"This is the United States of America", McCain wrote.

The biggest dispute between Turkey and the US recently has been the Trump administration's plans to arm Kurdish Syrian militants fighting the Islamic State group.

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"All of the sudden they just ran towards us", Yazidi Kurd demonstrator Lucy Usoyan told WJLA.

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 USA administration.

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.

The statement said a Turkish-American was "seriously injured" in self-defense.

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