Turkey Whines About ‘Aggressive’ Actions From D.C. Police After Erdogan Goons Beat Protesters
Turkey summoned the U.S. ambassador in Ankara on Monday over supposedly “aggressive and unprofessional actions” by American law enforcement officers that prevented the bodyguards of Recep Tayyip Erdoğan from continuing their assault on protesters in Washington, D.C.
The Turkish government’s move came hours after Secretary of State Rex Tillerson criticized Erdoğan’s security guards for their “simply unacceptable” conduct against demonstrators on May 16, 2017. The State Department had summoned the Turkish ambassador over the incident on Wednesday.
The Associated Press spotlighted the diplomatic spat in a Monday report. The foreign ministry of Turkey revealed that “the U.S. ambassador was given a ‘written and verbal protest’ against actions that is said were ‘contrary to diplomatic rules and practices.'”
Turkey’s written protest also reportedly “requested that the U.S. authorities conduct ‘a full investigation of this diplomatic incident.'”
The police chief in Washington, D.C., Peter Newsham, had underlined that his department is going to “pursue everything that’s within our legal power to hold the folks that were responsible for their actions.” However, Chief Newsham also revealed that “there could be a diplomatic immunity issue.”
On May 18, 2017, Senator John McCain blasted the Turkish bodyguards’ attack on the protesters, and stated that “we should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America.”
That same day, the Voice of America posted video that showed Erdoğan looking on while his security personnel rushed and assaulted the demonstrators outside his ambassador’s residence.
[image via screengrab]
Have a tip we should know? email@example.com