A 26-year-old New Jersey woman alleges she was beaten in Washington, D.C by Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's bodyguards during what began as a peaceful protest Tuesday, according to a BuzzFeed report. After police had managed to separate the two sides, Erdogan's bodyguards came to the scene.
The Turkish security officials were briefly detained at the site of the protest by US law enforcement for their role in the altercation.
The Turkish Embassy released a statement Wednesday that made no mention of any role played by the presidential guards but said that a group of Turkish American citizens who had gathered to greet Erdogan "responded in self-defense" to a "provocative demonstration". Instead, several of the men dodge the officers and ran into the park to continue the attacks. "We call upon the Turkish government to apologize immediately for the involvement of any officials", said the statement.
Politicians weighed in as well.
"After all, they violated American laws in the United States of America, so you can not have that happen in the United States of America. There is no excuse for this kind of thuggish behavior", McCain added in his Twitter post. After the violence, Arizona Sen.
The United States is expressing concern over a clash involving protesters and supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Police believe "there could be a diplomatic immunity issue". Two people were arrested.
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Jalal Kheirabadi, 42, of Fairfax, Virginia, charged with assaulting a police officer, refused treatment for cuts to his face. Erdogan's security staff moved in to break up an anti-government protest after police refused to make the demonstrators leave a park across the street. The U.S. response included summoning the Turkish ambassador to the State Department Wednesday, where he met with Under Secretary of State Tom Shannon, the acting Deputy Secretary.
Court paperwork spells his name Kheirabaoi, but he said that is incorrect.
Turkey called Thursday for the removal of the U.S. diplomat coordinating the global coalition fighting the Islamic State group in Iraq and Syria, accusing him of backing Syrian Kurdish militias.
The U.S. sees the Syrian Kurds as its best battlefield partner on the ground in northern Syria.
Turkey considers the People's Protection Units, or YPG, a terror organization and an extension of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which has waged a three-decade-long insurgency against the country. "It would be beneficial if this person is changed", Cavusoglu said.
He warned that Brett McGurk, the USA diplomatic envoy to the Operation Inherent Resolve coalition, should not "poison" the administration by backing Kurdish groups in a continuation of Obama-era policies.
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