Bipartisan Group in Congress Blasts Turkish Thugs’ Attack on Protesters, Introduce Resolution


Four leading members of the House of Representatives introduced a congressional resolution on Wednesday that condemns Turkish security guards’ attack on peaceful protesters in Washington, D.C. on May 16, 2017.

Rep. Ed Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, introduced the H. Res. 354, along with the ranking member of the committee, Democratic Rep. Eliot Engel. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer joined their two colleagues in sponsoring the resolution.

The four congressmen released a joint statement on Wednesday after introducing the proposal, which underlined that “those responsible must face justice.”

…The attack last week against the protesters fell into a pattern of similar behavior by the Erdogan government and sent a dangerous message that this ideology of suppression has a place among the NATO powers, an alliance built to protect democracy and basic rights against those who would impose the opposite upon the world. We must dispel that notion entirely and make it clear that the United States rejects any and all attempts to deny people the right to raise their voices against those in power through nonviolent means.

A Wednesday report from Reuters noted that a “congressional aide said the Foreign Affairs Committee would take up the resolution on Thursday.”

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