State Dept. summons Turkish ambassador over DC brawl

Frederick Owens
May 20, 2017

The statement said that the US communicated its concerns to the Turkish government "in the strongest possible terms".

Washington D.C. police, fire fighters, and EMS all responded, shutting down traffic in the area.

Erdogan 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 because of the participation of the YPG.

Turkey is keen to join a future battle to recapture the de facto Isil capital of Raqa in Syria, but only if Kurdish militia forces do not participate.

"We witnessed what appeared to be a brutal attack on peaceful protesters", a police official said Wednesday.

The minister said Trump's new US administration seems more understanding about Turkey's security concerns.

Mr Erdogan, who met President Donald Trump earlier in the day, was visiting the Turkish ambassador's residence when the scuffle broke out.

Initial video only showed the bodyguards charging the protesters and the bloody aftermath.

Photos and videos posted on social media showed a chaotic scene of people kicking and punching as the police tried to intervene.

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"This is the United States of America, this isn't Turkey, this isn't a third-world country, and this kind of thing can not go un-responded to diplomatically and maybe in other ways", McCain added.

McCain's statements are in addition to Kilic being summoned by the US State Department over the incident which left 11 people injured and nine hospitalized, according to police.

The foreign minister's condemnation of McGurk came days after President Recep Tayyip Erdogan made a trip to Washington that was dominated by issues dividing the two countries - and that delivered only mixed results for the Turkish leader.

Republican Senator Ben Sasse, writing on Twitter, said Erdogan should "remember that this country is built on free speech, free religion, free press, and freedom to protest". "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".

Turkey's embassy blamed the violence on groups linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) - a group fighting the government.

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

"We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America", McCain said on Thursday.

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

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