Erdogan watched attack on protesters in DC


Erdogan watched attack on protesters in DC

The incident occurred outsides the residence of the Turkish ambassador with the president watching for a few seconds before turning to go inside.

A video by Voice of America (VOA) released on Thursday shows that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan watched violent attack of his bodyguards and embassy staff to protesters outside of the ambassador's residence in the United States capital on Tuesday, Turkish Minute reported.

Meanwhile, US senator John McCain, has called for Turkey's ambassador to the US to be removed from the country following a brawl outside his Washington DC residence earlier this week.

Newsham added that nine people were hospitalized following the skirmish, and two men were arrested.

The protesters "began aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the President", the embassy said in a statement released late Wednesday. He is an army veteran and visited Kobani in Kurdish-controlled northern Syria in February, where there is a strong Peoples' Protection Units (YPG) presence. "There is no excuse for this kind of thuggish behavior", McCain initially tweeted after the incident.

Roughly two dozen protesters had gathered outside of the embassy in a peaceful protest of the Turkish leader's policies on a range of issues such as his government's stance toward the Kurds and Armenians to his perceived assault on the country's democratic institutions.

There were Turkish, Armenian, Democratic Union Party of Syria (PYD) and USA flags visible at the event.

District of Columbia police announced in a statement it was working with US Secret Service and State Department personnel "to identify and hold all subjects accountable for their involvement in the altercation".

Because the altercation took place in broad daylight, many wonder if the U.S. will charge the security personnel and other Erdogan supporters involved in the attack - all of whom could potentially claim diplomatic immunity. Later it was reported that Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security detail were the attackers of the peaceful protest.