THE STATEMENT issued by the Turkish Embassy trying to justify the actions of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's bodyguards at a protest outside the ambassador's residence is nearly as outrageous as the violence that occurred Tuesday.
Within hours, Erdogan was at the Turkish ambassador's home in upper Northwest Washington, watching as his personal guards participated in a bloody and violent clash with protesters gathered on the street outside the residence. Two black-suited security men, one after the other, kick the face of a protester holding a bullhorn as he lay defenseless on the ground. "We will continue to work with our partners at the United States State Department and United States Secret Service to identify and hold all subjects accountable for their involvement in the altercation". "Servet" is the name of the person being addressed, and "abi" is a term of endearment meaning, "brother".
In a meeting with President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan on Wednesday Trump pressed the Turkish leader on Andrew Brunson, who has been held since October on immigration violation charges after running a small church in Izmir, Turkey.
In a statement, the Turkish Embassy blamed the violence on the demonstrators, saying they were "aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the President". He went on to plead for the replacement of Brett McGurk, the USA presidential envoy for the global coalition against IS. None of the presidential bodyguards were detained or arrested during their latest boxing trip overseas, while several protestors were detained and two were arrested (presumably for attacking the fists of the bodyguards with their faces).
Police Chief Peter Newsham said on Wednesday the violence was "not something we tolerate in our city". The men responsible for this brutality should be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law.
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"In their country, they can do whatever they want to", Usoyan said of her attackers. When constitutional rights come under attack, they knew that speaking up matters to America and the world. -Turkish tensions that are being compounded by a growing spat over USA war strategy against the Islamic State group in Syria.
Reports said that the USA police failed to take action against the pro-PKK group after complaints by Turkish-Americans.
"These are not just average people who did the beatings, these are Erdogan's security detail".
The new USA strike on Syrian government forces by the US -led coalition undermines anti-terrorism efforts in the region, TASS cited a Russian official as saying Friday.
Tensions between Washington and Istanbul are running high after the Trump administration announced plans to arm Kurdish Syrian militants fighting the Islamic State group despite intense opposition from Turkey, which considers the Kurds as terrorists.