The guards surrounded a middle-aged man who had been kicked to the ground and was kicked repeatedly in the face. He appears to briefly watch his guards violently break up the protest before entering the Turkish ambassador's residence.
On Tuesday, however, things were taken to a whole new level when a video emerged showing a fierce clash between protesters and the bodyguards of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan outside Turkey's Washington, D.C., embassy.
Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said McGurk, who was initially an Obama appointee, was "definitely supporting the Kurds", insisting that US-Turkey relations would be improved by his removal from the position.
Another video shared on social media Thursday showed Erdogan watching the melee unfold from the backseat of his vehicle. That man passes a message to another security officer, who nods his head and jogs away.
"We strongly condemn the violence that took place yesterday outside the Turkish Embassy in Washington", the Republican senators Marco Rubio, Ted Cruz, Tom Cotton and Mike Lee said in a statement.
Politicians weighed in as well.
Nauert said in her statement that the United States respects Turkey's concerns about its approach, and will continue regular consultations on the issue. "There is no excuse for this kind of thuggish behavior", McCain added in his Twitter post.More news: Netflix to produce Witcher series
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Nine people were hurt and two were arrested when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security personnel attacked protesters carrying the flag of a Kurdish political party while they rallied outside the Turkish envoy's residence on Wednesday.
Police Chief Peter Newsham said on Wednesday the violence was "not something we tolerate in our city".
The incident poses a series of uncomfortable global relations issues for the current administration, who seem to be increasingly cozying up to Erdoğan despite (or because of) his authoritarian policies. He said police were examining video to identify those responsible. Two people were arrested.
"Police did not heed Turkish demands to intervene", the news agency said, and Erdogan's security team and Turkish citizens moved in and "dispersed them".
"It happened really fast", he said, insisting that he was trying to defend himself and to protect a police officer, not attack one. Information about his case and the charges have been less than forthcoming from Turkey's government, and advocates in the USA and elsewhere are concerned that he is being held as a pawn on baseless charges in a violation of his religious freedom.