Nine injured in altercation at Turkish Embassy in Washington

Pierre Vaugeois
Mai 18, 2017

Following the White House meeting, Erdogan met with a group of United States businessmen at the Turkish Ambassador's residence across from Sheridan Circle, where another group of protesters were gathered. "Like multiple people come and just walk on her and they kicked her in the head, and she had an MRI yesterday in GW hospital", Bahar says. "The Turkish-Americans responded in self-defence and one of them was seriously injured".

"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.

Amnesty International USA's executive director Margaret Huang also said, "While these two leaders sit and congratulate each other in the White House, thousands of people around the world are feeling the effects of their spiraling assaults on human rights".

USA military officials have long argued in favor of supporting the Kurds in Syria against ISIS because they are such competent soldiers.

Ibrahim Kalin, Turkish presidential spokesman, said in a communique that the issue, crucial and a priority for the Erdogan administration who recently won a referendum on granting executive powers to the president, has been mentioned during a working dinner at the White House.

It said that about eight people told officers they were attacked, thrown on the ground and stomped.

"We are communicating our concern to the Turkish government in the strongest possible terms", the statement continued. "There is no excuse for this kind of thuggish behavior".

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

Witnesses told AFP that members of Erdogan's security detail pushed past Washington police outside the ambassador's residence and attacked a group of supporters of a Kurdish group.

The State Department declined to comment on the situation.

Erdogan called Trump his "dear friend" and made a point to congratulate the US president on his "legendary triumph" over Hillary Clinton in the 2016 presidential election.

Last Thursday, Jay Sekulow with the American Center for Law and Justice met with Trump and Vice President Mike Pence to discuss Brunson's situation and said that both the president and vice president showed interest in resolving Brunson's situation.

Trump said Tuesday that the USA would ensure the PKK has "no safe quarter".

"We are committed to fighting all forms of terrorism, without any discrimination whatsoever, that impose a clear and a present threat upon our future", Erdogan said.

"There is no place for the terrorist organizations in the future of our region", said Erdogan, speaking through a translator.

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