Thursday, May 18, 2017

Turkey's Thugs on US Soil

You probably know that there was a melee when Turkey's president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's bodyguards attacked Kurdish protesters in DC outside the Turkish embassy when Erdoğan was here.

In case you missed it, here's video:

Not a lot of punches thrown, but an awful lot of kicking going on.
The State Department issued a strong protest to Turkey on Wednesday, a day after visiting President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security guards and supporters kicked and beat protesters in a scuffle in downtown Washington.


“We are communicating our concern to the Turkish government in the strongest possible terms,” the State Department said in a statement. “Violence is never an appropriate response to free speech.”

  LA Times
We'll remember that.
The Secret Service said it was working "to aggressively pursue accountability for those involved in yesterday’s protests."

In a statement, Peter Newsham, police chief for the District of Columbia, complained of a “brutal attack on peaceful protesters.”


Police said two people were arrested and 11 others, including a police officer, were injured. Police said they are working with the State Department and Secret Service to identify Erdogan guards who they believe instigated the melee.


In March last year, Erdogan’s security detail also roughed up demonstrators and some journalists when he appeared at the Brookings Institution think tank in Washington.
Here's another reportof the incident:

Borazan — a Kurd from Turkey who came to the US in 2013 — told BuzzFeed News that she and the others were at the protest "to make our voices heard."

"But suddenly Erdogan's bodyguards — I'm pretty sure it was them — attacked all of us," she said.


Borazan said that the man put her in a headlock "to the point where he popped a blood vessel in my eye."


Borazan told BuzzFeed News that the man called her a "bitch" in Turkish and told her, "I'm going to kill you, you're dead, you are gone." A video clip of the attack was shared on social media.


The Turkish Embassy, meanwhile, released a statement blaming the violence on demonstrators who "began aggressively provoking" Turkish-American citizens who had assembled to greet Erdogan.

Sure, sure. That's what happened.

...but hey, do what you will anyway.

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