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USA summons Turkish ambassador over violent confrontation

20 Mai 2017

John McCain called for Turkey's ambassador to the be "thrown out" of the country.

The violence broke out after Erdogan returned to the embassy after meeting with US President Donald Trump yesterday.

The bloody brawl sent nine to the hospital and Turkish security officials were seen coming out of the ambassador's residence, then retreating to the residence grounds, a law enforcement official said, adding that the same scenario played out a few times.

The Turkish embassy issued a statement on Wednesday that the protesters were "affiliated with the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party)", which Turkey considers to be a terrorist group.

The protest group included Armenian and Kurdish activists opposed to Erdogan, two of whom were arrested in the immediate aftermath.

Some of the guards are believed to have diplomatic immunity or left the USA with Erdogan, The Wall Street Journal reports, though the State Department - which expressed its "concern" to Turkey "in the strongest possible terms" - is exploring ways to block Erdogan's security detail from returning to the US; some of the same guards harassed a Turkish reporter in Washington previous year, too.

He went on to call for a diplomatic response from the United States and said the government should press charges against Turkish officials involved in the brawl. "I'm scared now too because I don't know how it will affect my life here in the United States", said Tankan, who lives in Arlington, Virginia.

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"This is the United States of America, this isn't Turkey, this isn't a third-world country, and this kind of thing can not go un-responded to diplomatically and maybe in other ways", McCain added.

"The next time they could kill us easily".

The Turkish foreign minister is calling for the removal of the United States envoy, claiming he is sympathetic to Kurdish Syrians as the top congressional Republican demands swift action after the Turkish president's security detail violently broke up a protest in Washington, DC.

Eleven people were injured, including a police officer, and nine were taken to a hospital, Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham said at a news conference on May 17. They were assaulting these people on USA soil.Turkish Ambassador should be kicked out of country. "Somebody told them to and beat up on these peaceful demonstrators", McCain alleged without identifying who could have given those orders. But in the US, it is a protected right.

However, the two security detail members that were held after the brawl were released and are already back in Turkey.

Erdogan on Tuesday met Trump at the White House and the two leaders promised to strengthen strained ties between the North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies despite the Turkish leader's stern warning about Washington's arming of a Kurdish militia.

USA summons Turkish ambassador over violent confrontation