Video Shows Turkish President Erdogan Watching Brutal Fight Outside Embassy In Washington

Frederick Owens
May 20, 2017

"We will continue to work with our partners at the United States State Department and the United States Service Service to identify and hold all subjects accountable for the involvement in the altercation", the statement said.

Video emerged Thursday that shows Erdogan watching the melee from the back seat of a auto parked in front of Ambassador Serdar Kilic's residence.

Supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, including his government security forces and several armed individuals, violently charged a group of protesters outside the Turkish ambassador's residence on Tuesday night in what the police characterized as "a brutal attack".

Turkey's official Anadolu state news agency reported that protesters were chanting anti-Erdogan slogans as the president entered the residence after meeting US President Donald Trump to discuss the fight against Islamic State of Iraq and the Levant (ISIL, also known as ISIS) fighters.

Turkey, the United States and European Union consider the PKK a terrorist organization.

"We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America", the Arizona Republican told MSNBC's "Morning Joe", hours before video emerged of Turkey's president watching the violence. This kind of thing cannot go unresponded to diplomatically. "There is no excuse for this kind of thuggish behavior", McCain said on his Twitter account.

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"If Erdogan's bodyguards who participated in this attack have entered the country on diplomatic visas, those visas should be revoked right away", Lofgren said on Wednesday, slamming Erdogan as "authoritarian" and "an oppressor" and said that it was "unwise" for Trump to meet with him.

Videos of the incident show people fighting in Washington D.C.'s Sheridan Circle. Another person wrenches a woman's neck and throws her to the ground.

Erdogan said he warned Trump that Turkey would combat YPG if the group posed any security threat. A man with bullhorn is repeatedly kicked in the face. The Turkish-Americans responded in self-defense and one of them was seriously injured'. It was unclear if they were members of Mr Erdogan's security or protesters.

The Turkish embassy's take on the situation is quite different: they're claiming that demonstrators were "affiliated with the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party)" and that they "began aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the President".

"We intend to assure that there is accountability for anyone involved in this assault", he said, adding that the police were working closely with the State Department and the Secret Service. "The United States recognizes this inviolability, which provides reciprocal protection for the United States overseas".

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