New footage shows Erdogan watching Washington brawl


A video by Voice of America (VOA) released on Thursday shows that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan watched violent attack of his bodyguards and embassy staff to protesters outside of the ambassador's residence in the U.S. capital on Tuesday, Turkish Minute reported.

A violent confrontation Tuesday evening outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Northwest Washington resulted in 11 people being injured.

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A Voice of America video showed police officers struggling to protect the protesters and ordering the men in suits to retreat.

PRESIDENT TRUMP laid out the welcome mat this week for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, and the strongman apparently felt so much at home he thought it okay for his thugs to beat up peaceful demonstrators.

"What we saw yesterday - a violent attack on a peaceful demonstration - is an affront to DC values and our rights as Americans", DC Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a statement overnight.

The State Department did not say whether any further action would be taken, but Washington, DC police said they were studying footage of the incident and trying to identify suspects. "There is no excuse for this kind of thuggish behavior", McCain said on his Twitter account.

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Metropolitan Police Department Chief Peter Newsham condemned the action Wednesday as an "assault" on those protesting "peacefully", warning that the department will "pursue everything that's within our legal power to hold the folks that were responsible accountable for their actions".

The security detail, he continued, violated American laws on United States ground, and that can not happen.

The background of the two men arrested wasn't immediately clear.

Ayten Necmi, 49, of Woodside, New York, was charged with aggravated assault, police said, after a woman who was thrown to the ground and kicked identified Necmi as her attacker.

Erdogan then gets out of the vehicle, and starts to watch how his security detail beats the protesters, while the first bodyguard returns to him, as if briefing on the happening. "It also alleged that the protesters were affiliated with the separatist Kurdistan Workers' Party", or PKK, which has been designated as a terrorist organization by both the United States and Turkey, but a protest leader denied that claim.

At their meeting Tuesday, Trump said the USA would re-establish its military and economic partnership with Turkey, committing to backing Turkey's defense against both Islamic State and the PKK.

Earlier in the day, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said the Trump administration understood Turkey's position against the YPG. Kheirabadi said he is a Kurd who passed through Turkey as a refugee and is now a US citizen.