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Turkey Protesters Say Erdogan Supporters Attacked Them in Washington

Turkey Protesters Say Erdogan Supporters Attacked Them in Washington

Nine people were hurt. She said a pro-Erdogan supporter attacked her. A previous video from Voice of America showed police officers struggling to protect protesters and ordering the attackers to stop.

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

Cavusoglu said Trump had understood Turkey's position, and did not challenge Erdogan when the Turkish president set out his possible response to the YPG.

"All of the sudden they just ran towards us", said Yazidi Kurd demonstrator Lucy Usoyan.

ISTANBUL (AP) - Turkey's leader told Donald Trump that his country will keep on fighting Syrian Kurdish militants even though they are a key USA ally against the Islamic State group, Turkey's foreign minister said Thursday, adding that a top US envoy should be fired for backing the Kurds. "The Metropolitan Police Department will continue investigating the incident and will work with federal partners to ensure justice is served", said D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser.

"Reports indicate that some Turkish officials were involved in assaulting protesters, which violates the most basic rules of democracy and is an affront to the United States and the value we place on the right to free speech, as embodied in our Constitution".

Erdogan said that the United States had made its decision on the subject of the Raqqa operation and that Turkey could not participate, given the YPG involvement.

The Turkish Embassy in the USA blamed the violence on the protesters, who included Kurds, a minority group with tensions with the Turkish government.

Senators McCain and Dianne Feinstein wrote a letter to the Turkish president on Thursday, saying "the actions of your staff. reflects poorly on your government".

Turkish Foreign Minister, Mevült Cavusoglu, said McGurk shows a strong support for the People's Protection Units (YPG), and to the Kurdistan Workers" Party (PKK), which Ankara had declared outlawed and terrorist, so "it would be beneficial if this person is replaced, ' he said.

Speaking in Istanbul two days after meeting President Donald Trump in Washington, Erdogan criticized the US decision to ally with "terror organizations" for the long-awaited operation to capture Raqqa, the de facto capital of the Islamic State group.

"We witnessed what appeared to be a brutal attack on peaceful protesters", a police official said Wednesday.

McCain said "this kind of thing can not go unresponded to diplomatically".

"I'd throw the Turkish ambassador out", the Arizona Republican told MSNBC's "Morning Joe", the Hill reported.

However, the State Department did say that the investigation will "hold the responsible individuals accountable".


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