Video Shows Turkish President Erdogan Watching Brutal Fight Outside Embassy In Washington

Video Shows Turkish President Erdogan Watching Brutal Fight Outside Embassy In Washington

To Turkey's dismay, Trump has made a decision to arm Syrian Kurdish militants in the impending fight to retake the key city of Raqqa. "It would be beneficial if this person is changed", Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu told NTV television.

"Brett McGurk is definitely giving support to PKK and YPG".

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.

Turkey called on Thursday for the removal of the United States diplomat coordinating the global coalition fighting the Daesh terror group, accusing him of backing Syrian Kurdish militias.

The U.S. declined to say whether the security agents were granted diplomatic immunity or under what conditions they were released.

McCain laid blame directly at the feet of Turkish officials.

Erdogan said he told the United States that Turkey would not shirk from military engagement if it faced a threat, in a clear reference to the YPG. We do not do this here. "There is no excuse for this kind of thuggish behavior".

The clash happened as President Recep Tayyip Erdogan returned to the embassy after meeting with President Donald Trump earlier Tuesday. According to reports, Erdogan's bodyguards pushed past USA police and assaulted a group of protesters hours after the meeting.

A separate video shows Erdogan arriving and sitting in his auto as the fight breaks out, before then emerging and watching. One of the men in suits can be seen kicking a woman who had already been knocked to the ground. A man with bullhorn is repeatedly kicked in the face. At least 12 people were injured in the fight.

Both the US State Department and law enforcement sources have said that Turkish security officials were involved in Tuesday's assault of protesters who were demonstrating against President Recep Tayyip Erdogan outside the residence of Turkish Ambassador Serdar Kılıç.

Republican senators Tom Cotton, Ted Cruz, Mike Lee and Marco Rubio issued a statement denouncing the violence and demanding an immediate apology from the Turkish government.

Cavusoglu said Trump's administration seems more understanding about Turkey's security concerns. Eventually Erdogan turns away and slowly walks into the embassy.

After his talk with Erdogan, the bodyguard walks towards the protesters and Turkish security personnel at the residence of Turkish ambassador attack them immediately after Erdoğan's bodyguard approaches towards them.

The Turkish Embassy in a statement blamed the violence on demonstrators, stating they were "aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the president". Nine people were injured, one seriously.

The D.C. Police Department said in a statement, "We will continue to work with our partners at the Unites States State Department and the United States Secret Service to identify and hold all subject accountable for their involvement in the altercation".

Ceres Borazan, a Kurd from Turkey who came to the United States in 2013, had travelled to Washington from New Jersey to protest Mr Erdogan's visit to the USA when she was caught up in a brawl with Turkish security detail that injured at least 12 people, including a police officer.

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