Turkey said on Thursday the USA special envoy in the battle against Islamic State should be removed because he supported Kurdish militants, and warned that Ankara would act unilaterally if it faced attack from the Syrian Kurdish YPG militia.
The document said that four or five Middle Eastern men in dark suits from the second group assaulted the peaceful protesters. The State Department and politicians condemned the attack. Another wrenches a woman's neck and throws her to the ground.
Nine people were hurt and two people were arrested during the incident on Tuesday, and a D.C. Fire and EMS spokesperson reported two of those who were hurt sustained serious injuries and were taken to hospitals. State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert said the agency is "concerned by the violent incidents" and "violence is never an appropriate response to free speech".
Speaking to reporters at the Turkish embassy in Washington, Erdogan said he told Trump that if there were a YPG attack, Ankara would act unilaterally.
"This kind of thing cannot go un-responded to diplomatically", said McCain, suggesting that the United States sue the Turkish government if the bodyguards responsible for the violence can't be identified.
The Turkish leader on Tuesday negotiated what could have been a fraught White House encounter with President Donald Trump with some success but, as he pursued his Washington visit, chaos erupted. A man with bullhorn is repeatedly kicked in the face.
The statement said a Turkish-American was "seriously injured" in self-defense.
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Washington Police Chief Peter Newsham said at a news conference on Wednesday that police had a good idea of most of the assailants' identities and were investigating with the Secret Service and State Department.
In the 15 years that Erdogan has served as prime minister and president of Turkey, there has been a broad trend to crack down on freedom of the press and expressions of public dissent.
The militia associated with the PYD, the People's Protection Units (YPG), are allies of the United States, while the Turkish government considers them a terrorist organization.
Shortly afterward, chaos begins, which the police in D.C. said was a "brutal attack on peace protesters" by a member of Erdogan's security detail.
McGurk is a controversial figure in Turkey and frequently makes front pages in its newspapers, appearing in photographs with the US -backed Kurdish fighters.
"The actions seen outside the Turkish Embassy yesterday in Washington, D.C. stand in contrast to the First Amendment rights and principles we work tirelessly to protect each and every day", the police statement said.