Turkey demands US fire envoy in spat over Syrian Kurds

The United States said Thursday it had summoned Turkey's ambassador to the State Department, where the No. 2-ranked USA diplomat raised concerns about the security detail for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Washington, after the guards were recorded on video violently breaking up a protest.

As Lauretta reported last night, video emerged of Erdogan calmly watching his bodyguards beating up protesters, which sent nine to the hospital and left many bruised and bloody.

Video shown by Voice of America shows Erdogan in his auto outside the Turkish Embassy on Tuesday, talking to a member of his team who then heads to the protest (roughly 0:13 in the clip).

"This is a city where people should be allowed to come and peacefully protest", Newsham added. His security detail scuffled with demonstrators as well as members of the press outside the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C.in March 2016.

Attacking the small group of protesters with their fists and feet, men in dark suits and others were recorded repeatedly kicking a different woman as she lay curled on a sidewalk.

Arizona Sen. John McCain said in an interview on Thursday that the USA government should throw Turkey's ambassador, Serdar Kilic, "the hell out of the United States of America". Almost a dozen people were injured.

Other U.S. officials also criticized the Erdogan supporters as the aggressors against peaceful protesters, saying their actions outside the Turkish ambassador's residence violated American protections on free speech.

"We strongly condemn the violence that took place yesterday (Tuesday, May 16 - Ed.) outside the Turkish Embassy in Washington", the senators said in a statement Wednesday.

Turkey's foreign minister also demanded that a US envoy be removed for allegedly backing the Kurds, but the State Department said Brett McGurk has the "full support" of the Trump administration.

Nauert said in her statement that the United States respects Turkey's concerns about its approach, and will continue regular consultations on the issue.

The State Department says it has expressed its concern to the Turkish government in the strongest possible terms.

Erdogan met President Trump at the White House on Tuesday, and during that meeting he made it clear that the decision to arm the group will "never be accepted".

A Thursday write-up from U.S. News and World Report noted that Erdo─čan "sat in the back seat of a vehicle" as the altercation began.

This is not the first time that Erdogan's entourage has been embroiled in a physical fight with protesters on USA soil. "This kind of thing can not go un-responded to diplomatically", Senator John McCain told MSNBC's Morning Joe programme on Thursday.

"Police did not heed Turkish demands to intervene", the news agency said, and Erdogan's security team and Turkish citizens moved in and "dispersed them".

"The Turkish-Americans responded in self-defense and one of them was seriously injured", the Embassy claimed.

The Turkish Embassy said Wednesday night, though, that the demonstration was "unpermitted and provocative".



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