Video; Erdogan Security Forces Launch "Brutal Attack" on Demonstrators in Washington

(New York Times) Nicholas Fandos and Christopher Mele - Turkish government security forces and several armed individuals violently charged a group of protesters outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington on Tuesday. Videos showed men in dark suits punching and kicking protesters, some lying on the ground. Eleven people were injured, including a police officer. Two Secret Service agents were also assaulted. The confrontation came after President Erdogan's visit to the White House on Tuesday. Erdogan and his security guards have since left the country. Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham said Wednesday, "Yesterday we witnessed what appeared to be a brutal attack on peaceful protests." The State Department condemned the attack as an assault on free speech and warned Turkey that the action would not be tolerated. Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) said, "This is the United States of America. We do not do this here. There is no excuse for this kind of thuggish behavior."

2017-05-18 00:00:00

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