Turkey Protesters Say Erdogan Supporters Attacked Them in Washington

Posted May 19, 2017

Senator John McCain on Thursday called for the envoy to be expelled. "This kind of thing can not go un-responded to diplomatically", Senator John McCain told MSNBC's Morning Joe programme on Thursday. "This is Erdogan's security detail". "Somebody told them to go and beat up on these peaceful demonstrators and I think it should have repercussions, including identifying these people and bringing charges against them".

Erdogan said he warned Trump that Turkey would combat YPG if the group posed any security threat.

A video posted online showed men in dark suits chasing anti-government protesters and punching and kicking them as police intervened.

The video then shows Erdogan's bodyguard standing up outside of the vehicle before appearing to relay commands to another man closer to the protests unfolding on the street outside the embassy.

The unusually pointed Turkish attack on an American official came days after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a trip to Washington that was dominated by issues dividing the two countries and that delivered mixed dividends, at best, for the Turkish leader.

Both sides accuse each other of provoking the brawl which left more than 10 people injured.

Heather Nauert, the U.S. State Department spokeswoman, said in a statement that McGurk "has the full support and backing" of U.S. Secretary of State Rex Tillerson and the White House, and that he had done "tremendous work" so far to coordinate the coalition.

"The Turkish-Americans responded in self-defense", the statement from the Turkish embassy said, adding "We hope that, in the future, appropriate measures will be taken to ensure that similar provocative actions causing harm and violence do not occur".

"You can not touch us", he tells the officer, seemingly citing diplomatic immunity granted to registered diplomatic agents.

In an address to Turkish businessmen in Istanbul on Thursday, Erdogan said he told Trump that Ankara would not join any Raqqa operation given the YPG's participation.

Tensions are running high between the USA and Turkey after the Trump administration announced plans to arm Kurdish Syrians militants with small arms, machine guns, armored vehicles and other military hardware.

The YPG's parent organisation the Democratic Union party (PYD) is a sister organisation to Turkey's banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).

USA government officials have been roundly critical of the guard's actions.

Nine people were hurt during the fight and two were arrested as a result - one for aggravated assault and the other for assault on a police officer, Fox News reported.

Borazan, a Turkey-born Kurdish, wrote in a separate statement on her Facebook account: "Today I experienced firsthand the extent and savagery of Turkish fascism: My Kurdish friends and allies were protesting peacefully against Erdoğan being in Washington when we were suddenly attacked by a group of Erdoğan's official bodyguards and secret police".