Erdogan Bodyguards Fight Protesters Outside Embassy

The U.S. Senator had earlier called the brawl "thuggish behavior".

The incident occurred after Erdogan arrived after a White House meeting with President Trump.

The diplomatic incident has sparked outrage in Washington and even prompted the State Department to summon the Turkish ambassador.

Eleven people were injured, including a police officer, and nine were taken to a hospital, after men in suits attacked the protesters on Embassy Row in Washington, DC. Video shows Erdogan supporters and bodyguards flooding through the police line and beating protesters on American soil. Shortly after the incident, Kilic was recorded shouting "You can not touch us!" at DC police, likely referring to his diplomatic immunity. They have no right to lay their hands on reporters or protesters or anyone else for that matter, when the people they are apparently roughing up seemed to be merely doing their jobs or exercising the rights they have in this country. Turkey, the United States and the European Union all consider the PKK a terrorist organisation, which further fuels Turkish resentment towards its allies.

The protest group included Armenian and Kurdish activists opposed to Erdogan, two of whom were arrested in the immediate aftermath.

There need to be consequences.

Yesterday, the US State Department said "violence is never an appropriate response to free speech". That's a good first step, but it is not enough.

Turkish Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu said on Thursday he wanted Brett McGurk, the USA special envoy to the coalition against Islamic State, removed from his post, saying he supported Kurdish militants.

"The Turkish-Americans responded in self-defense", the statement said.

Two men were also arrested by D.C.'s Metropolitan Police Department on the scene - Jalal Kheirabaoi of Fairfax, VA, and Ayten Necmi of Woodside, NY, according to police reports.

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.

"America is going into operations with them", he said of the Kurdish groups.

The statement added that, "Turkey is a key NATO Ally that faces legitimate domestic security concerns emanating from ISIS, PKK, and other designated terrorist organizations".

Erdogan also said that the U.S. 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.

Sen. Patrick Leahy's tweet said "We've got to come back to American values".

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