Turkish president Erdogan 'looked on' as aides beat Kurdish protesters in DC

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US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan after speaking to the press in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on May 16, 2017.

On Wednesday, the State Department said "violence is never an appropriate response to free speech". The newspaper editorial team called them "thugs", and called for a stronger USA response, including the dismissal of Embassy staff from the country.

"We are communicating our concern to the Turkish government in the strongest possible terms". The Turkish embassy released a statement on May 17 that contradicted US officials and video evidence, blaming instead the demonstrators, who, it said, had been "aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the president".

US officials strongly criticized the Turkish government after video appeared to show its president's security forces pushing past police and violently breaking up a protest outside their diplomatic residence in Washington.

"This is the United States of America".

Ceren Borozan, a Kurdish protester who was pictured being held in a throat hold by one of the men in suits, has appealed for the attacker to be identified and prosecuted. Video shows people pushing past police to confront a small group of protesters across the street in Sheridan Circle.

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A day after protests at the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C., turned violent, the State Department is criticizing Turkey's government. "The Turkish-Americans responded in self-defense and one of them was seriously injured".

TURKEY'S rows with its North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies escalated yesterday over U.S. support for Syrian Kurdish separatists and Germany's use of a key air base. "There is no excuse for this kind of thuggish behavior", McCain initially tweeted after the incident.

"I ask that you immediately look into this matter and bring all appropriate charges before these individuals leave the United States".

The official also confirmed that two members of Erdogan's security detail "were briefly detained during the altercations and subsequently released" and returned to Turkey with Erdogan.

Police said they had arrested two people for assault and identified them as U.S. residents, 49-year-old Ayten Necmi of NY and 42-year-old Jalal Kheirabadi of Virginia. A bodyguard was standing next to the car's open door and was updating the president on the situation, and Erdogan in turn was giving orders.

Turkey's foreign minister says the country will continue to fight Syrian Kurdish militants, and he has relayed this position to the United States, which considers them a key ally against the Islamic State group.

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