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Lawmakers demand swift action for Turkish Embassy violence

19 Mai 2017

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.

The U.S. State Department said the episode was "deeply disturbing" and promised that an investigation would hold those responsible to account.

The biggest dispute between Turkey and the US recently has been the Trump administration's plans to arm Kurdish Syrian militants fighting the Islamic State group.

A group of Republican lawmakers called the incident an "affront to the United States" and called for Turkey to apologize. The department says the ambassador met Wednesday with Tom Shannon, the acting deputy secretary of state and highest-ranking career USA diplomat.

"The Turkish government owes an apology; perhaps they forgot we have unalienable rights in this country", Cardin tweeted.

Because the altercation took place in broad daylight, many wonder if the U.S. will charge the security personnel and other Erdogan supporters involved in the attack - all of whom could potentially claim diplomatic immunity.

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The U.S. detained and released two members of the Turkish president's delegation after they were involved in an attack on peaceful protesters outside the Turkish embassy Tuesday. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said in a Thursday interview on MSNBC. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said the agency is "concerned by the violent incidents" and "violence is never an appropriate response to free speech".

"This kind of thing cannot go un-responded to diplomatically", said McCain, suggesting that the U.S. sue the Turkish government if the bodyguards responsible for the violence can't be identified.

The video then shows Erdogan's bodyguard standing up outside of the vehicle before appearing to relay commands to another man closer to the protests unfolding on the street outside the embassy. He warned that senior USA diplomat Brett McGurk, in the anti-IS coalition, should not "poison" the administration by backing Kurdish groups.

Cavusoglu said Thursday that the Trump administration "did not show any reaction" to the Turkish warning.

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". "Turkey and the USA will together run an active combat against the PKK". Nine people were hurt.

"President Trump's embrace of Erdogan is another in the line of similarly warm embrace of autocrats around the globe", Schiff wrote on Facebook.

Lawmakers demand swift action for Turkish Embassy violence