Published: Sat, May 20, 2017
Global News | By Stacy Ballard

Turkish ties hit rough patch after rough Erdogan visit


The Turkish ambassador should be thrown "the hell out of the United States of America" after bodyguards for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan beat and kicked protesters gathered outside the ambassador's Washington D.C. home, Sen.

And Turkey's calls for the U.S.to extradite Fethullah Gulen, an influential Turkish cleric and Erdogan rival whom the Turkish government claims was behind a failed 2016 coup, have so far fallen on deaf ears.

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Video footage of the clash on Tuesday showed men in suits charging past police to kick and punch protesters. Two men were bloodied from head wounds as bystanders tried to assist dazed protesters.

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Speaking in Istanbul two days after meeting President Donald Trump in Washington, Erdogan criticised the United States decision to ally with "terror organisations" for the long-awaited operation to capture Raqqa, the de facto capital of IS.

"What we saw yesterday - a violent attack on a peaceful demonstration - is an affront to DC values and our rights as Americans", DC Mayor Muriel Bowser said in a statement overnight. He said police were examining video to identify those responsible. "There is no excuse for this kind of thuggish behavior", McCain initially tweeted after the incident.

There may be issues with diplomatic immunity, Police Chief Peter Newsham said at a news conference.

A video shows the Turkish president standing near his auto as the fighting ensued, before turning his back and walking into the embassy.

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Jalal Kheirabadi, 42, of Fairfax, Virginia, is charged with assaulting a police officer, who refused treatment for lacerations to his face.

After his talk with Erdogan, the bodyguard walks towards the protesters and Turkish security personnel at the residence of Turkish ambassador attack them immediately after Erdoğan's bodyguard approaches towards them.

Court paperwork spells his name Kheirabaoi, but he said that is incorrect.

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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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