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Turkish violence in Washington presents new Trump headache

Turkish violence in Washington presents new Trump headache

M - The State Department said Wednesday that it has told the Turkish government in the "strongest possible terms" its concerns over violent clashes outside the Turkish ambassador's Washington residence between protesters and guards for visiting Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, US Today reported.

Police said 11 people had been injured in the brawl, and two people, Ayten Necmi, 49, of NY and Jalal Kheirabaoi, 42, from Virginia had been arrested at the scene and charged with assault and assault on a police office respectively.

"We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America", McCain said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe". "There is no excuse for this kind of thuggish behavior", the Arizona lawmaker said. He said police were examining video to identify those responsible. "Above all else, they should never be permitted to violate the protections afforded by the First Amendment of the US Constitution".

Cavusoglu said Turkey received USA assurances that arms sent to the YPG would only be used against IS and not against Turkey, with a promise to support Turkey's fight against the PKK. Almost a dozen people were injured.

The Turkish Embassy in DC accused the protesters of belonging to groups affiliated with the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK), which is a US-designated terrorist organization based in Turkey and Iraq. His appearance at the Brookings Institution during the 2016 Nuclear Security Summit was marred when his security detail roughed up demonstrators and tried to eject "undesired" journalists.

DC police say they'll work with the State Department and the Secret Service to ID the assailants. "Violence is never an appropriate response to free speech".

"They did not say anything negative about this issue and treated it with understanding".

"This is what happens in Turkey - this is not what happens in the US", he told the paper. A number of lawmakers called for criminal charges to be brought.

House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce, a California Republican, called on Attorney General Jeff Sessions and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson "to hold individuals accountable" for the attack. "Someone was beating me in the head nonstop, and I thought, 'OK, I'm on the ground already, what is the goal to beat me?'"

Erdogan was in the USA capital on Tuesday to meet with President Donald Trump. Video shows people pushing past police to confront a small group of protesters across the street in Sheridan Circle.

The document said four or five Middle Eastern men in dark suits from the second group assaulted the peaceful protesters.

Eleven people were injured in the clashes, including one police officer.

In a statement, the Turkish Embassy blamed the violence on the demonstrators, saying they were "aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the president". The Turkish-Americans responded in self-defense and one of them was seriously injured.

The protests appeared to involve protesters angry over Erdogan's crackdown on dissent, as well as activists and supporters of a pro-Kurdish political party in Turkey that has been targeted by the president's increasingly authoritarian government.

According to the International Crisis Group, at least 2,798 people, including state security personnel and Kurdish militants, have been killed in Turkey.