Lawmakers demand swift action for Turkish Embassy violence


RT spoke with Ruken Isik, a Ph D student studying the Kurdish women's movement in Turkey and Syria at the University of Maryland Baltimore County and a mother of two.

Shortly after his meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House, Recep Tayyip Erdogan's convoy drove across town to their country's embassy on Massachusetts Avenue. Trump made no mention on Tuesday of Erdogan's record on dissent and free speech.

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan angrily told Washington at the time to choose between Ankara and "terrorists".

"We are going to pursue everything that's within our legal power to hold the folks that were responsible accountable for their actions", D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham said at a press conference. Last year, Turkish security officials manhandled several journalists at a Washington think tank where Erdogan was set to speak.

Eleven people, including a USA officer were hurt in the brawl. Video shows people pushing past police to confront a small group of protesters across the street in Sheridan Circle.

As the violence broke out, videos from the confrontation quickly spread on social media showing Erdogan's bodyguards pummeling people, even kicking people in the face.

Erdogan also said that the USA had made up its mind on Raqa, which meant Turkey could not join the operation "under the current circumstances", referring to the YPG's involvement.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said McGurk has done "tremendous work" in coordinating and leading the worldwide coalition against IS, and has the support of the White House and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.

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State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said Wednesday the US was "communicating our concern to the Turkish government in the strongest possible terms".

Witnesses described what happened at the scene. "Somebody told them to go out there and beat up on these peaceful demonstrators", McCain said.

"I was able to grab my 4-year-old son, tucked him under my arm and ran away", Isik said. "They could not grab me but grabbed my female friend". "Someone was beating me in the head nonstop, and I thought, 'Okay, I'm on the ground already, what is the objective to beat me?"

In a statement, the Turkish embassy blamed the fighting on demonstrators who "began aggressively provoking" Turkish-American citizens who had assembled to greet Erdogan.

But Erdogan said he believed Washington "will knock our door on the issue of Syria". "We just celebrated our President".

On Wednesday, Turkey's official Anadolu news agency labeled the protesters Kurdish "supporters of terror".

The US State Department has denounced the brutality of the security personnel accompanying the Turkish President after they roughed anti-Erdogan protesters Tuesday in Washington.

John McCain says that the Turkish ambassador should be expelled from the USA after members of the Turkish presidential security detail beat up protesters outside of the Turkish embassy earlier this week.