State Dept. summons Turkey envoy after violence against anti-Erdogan protesters

State Dept. summons Turkey envoy after violence against anti-Erdogan protesters

"We are communicating our concern to the Turkish government in the strongest possible terms".

Police said Tuesday that 11 people were injured in the disputed ambush outside the Turkish ambassador's home, including a Washington police officer, and two people were arrested for violence.

"This is the United States of America".

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

WASHINGTON (AP) - Top congressional Republicans are demanding the Trump administration take swift and severe action against the Turkish government in response to violence involving members of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security detail, with one saying the U.S.

Some of the protesters were knocked down and kicked repeatedly in the head. Nine people were hurt.

Some of the protesters carried posters and flags linked to the PKK terrorist organization, an Anadolu Agency correspondent reported. It said they chanted anti-Erdogan slogans, and that Erdogan's team moved in to disperse them because "police did not heed to Turkish demands to intervene".

The Turkish embassy released a statement on May 17 that contradicted US officials and video evidence, blaming instead the demonstrators, who, it said, had been "aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the president". "There is no excuse for this kind of thuggish behavior".

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Erdogan referred to the protests as he addressed the audience inside: "They are shouting, but they don't know what's going on back in Turkey".

Two men were arrested at the scene, and police intend to pursue charges against others involved, the Metropolitan Police Department said in a statement on Wednesday. "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".

He added that authorities had arrested a NY man and charged him with aggravated assault, while a Fairfax, Va., man was arrested and charged with assault on a police officer.

Turkey's leader told Donald Trump that his country will keep on fighting Syrian Kurdish militants even though they are a key US ally against the Islamic State group, Turkey's foreign minister said Thursday, adding that a top USA envoy should be fired for backing the Kurds.

"Groups affiliated with the PKK, which the USA and Turkey have designated as a terrorist organization, gathered yesterday without permit in Sheridan Circle in the immediate vicinity of the Ambassador's Residence, while the President of Turkey was visiting the Residence".

"The weapons provided will only be used in Raqqa and its south, they will absolutely not be used against Turkey, this will not be allowed", Cavusoglu said.

"This is what happens in Turkey - this is not what happens in the USA", he told the paper.

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