Published: Fri, May 19, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

US Checks Diplomatic Immunity of Erdogan Bodyguards Who Clashed With Protesters

US Checks Diplomatic Immunity of Erdogan Bodyguards Who Clashed With Protesters

President Donald Trump walks Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan to his vehicle following his visit to the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 16, 2017.

Washington Police Chief Peter Newsham said at a news conference on Wednesday that police had a good idea of most of the assailants' identities and were investigating with the Secret Service and State Department.

Eleven people were injured, including one police officer, in what law enforcement called a "brutal attack".

In a statement Wednesday, Washington police said the incident outside the Turkish embassy stood "in contrast to the First Amendment rights and principles we work tirelessly to protect each and every day".

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Turkey's foreign minister also demanded that a US envoy be removed for allegedly backing the Kurds, but the State Department said Brett McGurk has the "full support" of the Trump administration.

Police barricaded the perimeter to separate the groups.

Two people were arrested in the clash, which occurred outside of the Turkish ambassador's residence. Video of the melee showed suited men believed to be working for Erdogan attacking protesters in the street outside of the residence. "Turkey is not a country that will consent to such treatment", Erdogan said in a speech to business leaders in Istanbul. Trump's side responded that USA cooperation with the YPG had been "a necessity and not a choice", according to the minister.

President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday Turkey could not lift a state of emergency imposed in the aftermath of a failed coup last July until the country was completely calm.

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Erdogan had been in Washington to visit with Presidnet Donald Trump and protesters gathered outside of the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington, D.C. on Tuesday, said The Guardian. John McCain sent a letter to Erdogan on Thursday that describes the "violent response of your security detail" as a "blatant violation" of constitutional freedoms. What more can you tell us about what happened?

The government of Turkey believes that the Kurdish Peoples' Protection Units (YPG) in Syria are simply the Syrian arm of the PKK, which has waged a deadly insurgency inside Turkey since 1984.

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

Erdogan responded that there is there is no place for any Kurdish "terrorist organizations" in any agreement about the region's future.

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