New footage shows Turkish president watching Washington brawl

New footage shows Turkish president watching Washington brawl

"Violence is never an appropriate response to free speech, and we support the rights of people everywhere to free expression and peaceful protest", said the statement, clearly stating that the demonstration in front of Kılıç's residence was legal, peaceful and protected. "This isn't Turkey. This isn't a third-world country, and this kind of thing can not go unresponded to diplomatically, and maybe in other ways".

President Erdogan's security staff can be seen kicking and beating Turkish anti-government protesters in Washington.

"Our President told his counterpart that we would fight YPG", Mevlut Cavusoglu told private NTV television Thursday while discussing Tuesday's meeting between Recep Tayyip Erdogan and Donald Trump.

Cavusoglu said Turkey received United States assurances that arms sent to the YPG would be used only against IS, without explaining how this would be monitored.

A congressional aide told The Associated Press that two members of Erdogan's security detail were detained on the scene Tuesday by diplomatic security agents.

Further, the embassy said in it statement that the demonstrator had been "aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens" gathered to greet Erdogan, and the "Turkish-Americans responded in self defense and one of them was seriously injured".

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A Voice of America video shows police officers struggling to protect a small group of protesters across the street from the embassy from being kicked and beaten bloody by a group of men in dark suits who repeatedly refused their orders to stay away.

Senior lawmaker Edward Royce, chairman of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, wrote to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson - who himself ignored a question about the brawl at a media photo opportunity.

This is not the first time Mr. Erdogan has come to the United States and ended up bullying those who dare to disagree with his cruel regime.

Lawsuits can also be sought, said McCain, as "we can identify these people", but the first step should be to throw the ambassador out of the United States. Another person wrenches a woman's neck and throws her to the ground. Two people were arrested and charged with misdemeanor assault, and D.C. police said Wednesday the investigation is continuing, with the possibility of other people being charged. A spokesman for the Turkish embassy could not be reached for immediate comment.

US officials have criticized the Turkish government over violence outside its ambassador's residence in Washington.

Trump angered Erdogan by agreeing to send arms to Syrian Kurds fighting against the Islamic State in Iraq and Syria, a move Turkey fears could empower its own Kurdish minority.