Sen. John McCain called for the Turkish ambassador to the United States to be thrown out of the country on Thursday amid growing anger over the violent beating of protesters that took place outside of the Turkish embassy in Washington earlier this week. "The Turkish-Americans responded in self-defense and one of them was seriously injured". "The American police let them attack us".
Erdogan, speaking to a group of business leaders in Istanbul, said he told the United States that Turkey would "exercise its rights under the rules of engagement", without consulting anyone, if it faced a threat.
Video appears to show Erdogan's bodyguards violently breaking up a protest this week while Erdogan was visiting Washington.
"The actions seen outside the Turkish Embassy in Washington DC stand in contract to the First Amendment rights and principles we work tirelessly to protect every single day", a police statement said. According to D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham, the situation was especially "dicey" because some of the Turkish guards were armed. A group of Republican lawmakers called the incident an "affront to the United States" and called for Turkey to apologize. He said police were examining video to identify those responsible.
A congressional aide told The Associated Press that two members of Erdogan's security detail were detained on the scene Tuesday by diplomatic security agents.
By coddling dictators such as Erdogan and allowing Turkey to export its "democratic" values by silencing its opposition through threats and violence, the USA administration displays weakness, encourages further incidents, and puts American citizens at risk. The document says he struck an officer in the face while the officer was trying to separate protesters and that he "engaged in a physical confrontation" with the officer.
Turkey's foreign minister says the country will continue to fight Syrian Kurdish militants, and he has relayed this position to the United States, which considers them a key ally against the Islamic State group.
He said that parts of Turkey's southeast and eastern regions, where the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) has been fighting a decades-old insurgency, were still flooded with weapons.
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. But Erdogan's government views the Syrian Kurdish group known as the YPG as an extension of a Kurdish terrorist organization that operates in Turkey.