The Turkish government and Washington local officials traded blame Wednesday for violence outside Turkey’s embassy, where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security staff broke up an anti-government protest. (May 17) AP
Police secure the street outside the Turkish Embassy during a visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on May 16, 2017, in Washington.(Photo: Dave Clark, AFP/Getty Images)
Turkey summoned John Bass, the U.S ambassador to Ankara, to its Ministry of Foreign Affairs on Monday, in protest at the treatment of Turkish security personnel following a brawl in Washington last week. The bodyguards of Foreign Affairs Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu were involved in a clash with protesters outside the Turkish ambassador s residence, the Turkish government said. It happened hours after President Trump met with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday. Eleven people, including a police officer, were injured and two people, at least one of whom was a protester, were arrested for assault, police in Washington said.
The State Department said two Turkish security personnel were briefly detained before being released. In a statement Monday, Turkey s Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the ambassador was summoned and a written and verbal protest was delivered due to the aggressive and unprofessional actions taken, contrary to diplomatic rules and practices, by U.S. security personnel toward the close protection team of H.E Mevl t avu o lu.
Protest outside Turkish Embassy in D.C. turns violent
It has been formally requested that the U.S. authorities conduct a full investigation of this diplomatic incident and provide the necessary explanation, the statement said.
During the meeting with the Ambassador, it was emphasized that the lapses of security experienced during our President’s stay in Washington, which were caused by the inability of U.S. authorities to take sufficient precautions at every stage of the official program, will not overshadow what in every other aspect was a very successful and important visit, it added. Police in Washington called the incident a brutal attack on peaceful protesters. Turkey blamed the violence on protesters with ties to the militant Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK), Reuters reported.
We are communicating our concern to the Turkish government in the strongest possible terms, said State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert last week.
Sen. John McCain tweeted following the incident: Turkish security guards’ attack on peaceful protesters this wk was a despicable display of thuggery & repression – absolutely unacceptable. He also called for the removal of Turkey’s ambassador to the U.S.
Serdar K l , Turkey s ambassador to Washington, was summoned to the State Department on Wednesday following the incident, CNN and NBC reported.
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A security guard was stabbed in the abdomen early Friday while he was working in Ventura, authorities said. The victim, a 27-year-old Oxnard man, was working about 1:50 a.m. at a property under construction at 250 S. Mills Road when he heard a noise at the fence line of the property, Ventura police said. As he walked into a homeless encampment near the edge of the property, he was stabbed in the abdomen with an unknown object, authorities said. His stabber was described as a male between 25 and 35 years old, authorities said.
The victim was taken by ambulance to Ventura County Medical Center for treatment. The injury was not life-threatening, police said. Officers, a police dog and the California Highway Patrol searched but were not able to find the stabber. Anyone with information can contact Ventura police at 650-8010. An anonymous call can be made to Ventura County Crime Stoppers at 800-222-8477.
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A 26-year-old New Jersey woman alleges she was beaten in Washington, D.C by Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s bodyguards during what began as a peaceful protest Tuesday, according to a BuzzFeed report. Ceren Borazan, who lives in East Rutherford, says a security officer put her in a headlock and threatened to kill her during a large altercation between protesters and Turkish security outside the embassy on Wednesday. The Turkish president had just returned to the embassy after meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House when violence broke out as Turkish security pushed past police to confront protesters.
Borazan, a Kurd who emigrated to the U.S in 2013, was also thrown to the ground, punched and kicked by a bodyguard, a police report states. She said she escaped when a stranger let her into his car. Twelve people, including a police officer were hurt during the melee.
“My Kurdish friends and allies were protesting peacefully against Erdogan being in Washington when were suddenly attacked by a group of Erdogan’s official bodyguards and secret police,” Borazan wrote on Facebook. “They attacked women, children and elderly with reckless abandon. U.S. officials strongly criticized the Turkish government.
“Violence is never an appropriate response to free speech, and we support the rights of people everywhere to free expression and peaceful protest,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement. “We are communicating our concern to the Turkish government in the strongest possible terms.”
Attacking the small group of protesters with their fists and feet, men in dark suits and others were recorded repeatedly kicking a different woman as she lay curled on a sidewalk. A man with a bullhorn is repeatedly kicked in the face. Video shows people pushing past police to confront a small group of protesters across the street in Sheridan Circle. Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency labeled the protesters Kurdish “supporters of terror.” It said they chanted anti-Erdogan slogans, and that Erdogan’s team moved in to disperse them because “police did not heed to Turkish demands to intervene.”
In a statement, the Turkish Embassy blamed the violence on the demonstrators, saying they were “aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the President. The Turkish-Americans responded in self-defense and one of them was seriously injured.”
Ayten Necmi, 49, of Woodside, N.Y., was charged with aggravated assault, police said, after a woman who was thrown to the ground and kicked identified Necmi as her attacker.
Jalal Kheirabadi, 42, of Fairfax, Virginia, charged with assaulting a police officer, refused treatment for cuts to his face.
The man who attacked Borazan has not been identified.
The Associated Press contributed to this report.
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