Top U.S. senator calls for removal of Turkey's U.S. ambassador

Danny Woods
May 19, 2017

The US State Department said it is "concerned by the violent incidents involving protestors and Turkish security personnel" in a statement on Wednesday.

Videos of the incident, which surfaced on social media, showed men in dark suits chase down protesters and kick them to the ground while police tried to intervene.

Police managed to separate the two groups by the time Erdogan arrived, but tensions exploded when a man breached the police line and ran across the street to attack a protester.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's bodyguards on Tuesday attacked protesters in Washington, bloodying several.

"The actions seen outside the Turkish Embassy yesterday in Washington, D.C. stand in contrast to the First Amendment rights and principles we work tirelessly to protect each and every day", the police statement said.

"We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America", McCain said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe". Numerous news reports indicate these individuals were members of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security detail who accompanied him on his official state visit this week. "I'm scared now too, because I don't know how it will affect my life here in the United States", said Tankan, who lives in Arlington, Virginia.

"In the USA, you'd never, never expect to be attacked by Turkish President Erdogan's security guards". Erdoğan's other target was to convince Trump to use its influence to take legal action against Fethullah Gülen, the US -resident Islamist preacher who is accused of masterminding the July 15, 2016, coup attempt in Turkey.

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Nine people were hurt and two arrests were made during the altercation.

He said that parts of Turkey's southeast and eastern regions, where the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has been fighting a decades-old insurgency, were still flooded with weapons.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday he wanted Brett McGurk, the U.S. special envoy to the coalition against Islamic State, removed from his post, saying he supported Kurdish militants.

Washington DC Mayor Muriel Bowser said she was working with Peter Newsham, chief of Metropolitan Police Department, to see what charges can be brought.

A charging document for one of those arrested, Ayten Necmi, 49, of Woodside, New York, said peaceful protesters were taunted by a second group of demonstrators who shouted obscenities and taunts at them. 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.

"We intend to assure that there is accountability for anyone involved in this assault", Newsham said. "The Turkish-Americans responded in self-defense and one of them was seriously injured". "Turkey and the US will together run an active combat against the PKK".

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