Blaming US for Brutal Attack in DC, Ankara Summons US Ambassador

Erdogan supporters beat a protester last week in front of the Turkish Ambassador's residence in DC
Erdogan supporters beat a protester last week in front of the Turkish Ambassador's residence in DC

Erdogan supporters beat a protester last week in front of the Turkish Ambassador’s residence in DC

ANKARA —The Turkish Foreign Ministry on Monday summoned the Unites States Ambassador to Turkey John Bass over the bloody and brutal attack on demonstrators last week in Washington that video evidence indicates were ordered by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan while visiting the US capital.

A statement by the Turkish foreign ministry indicated that verbal and written protests were presented to Bass, according to Hurriyet Daily News.

“The Ambassador of the Unites States of America in Ankara was summoned to the Ministry of Foreign Affairs today and a written and verbal protest was delivered due to the aggressive and unproffessional [sic] actions taken, contrary to diplomatic rules and practices, by US security personnel towards the close protection team of H.E Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey, in front of the Turkish Embassy Chancery in Washington DC during the visit of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan last week,” read a written statement by Turkey’s foreign ministry on Monday.

The Foreign Ministry formally requested that the U.S. authorities conduct a “full investigation” into the incident and “provide the necessary explanation.”

Turkey also accused the U.S. of not taking sufficient precautions for the official program of President Erdoğan.

“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 US 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,” read the statement.

On May 17, the State Department summoned Turkish Ambassador in Washington Serdar Kılıç over the incident between protesters and Turkish security personnel during Erdoğan’s visit.

The State Department condemned the attack by Turkish security personnel on protesters as an assault on free speech, issuing a statement to express its concern regarding the violence outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence.

“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.

Secretary of State Rex Tillerson on May 21 denounced the clash in Washington last week involving Turkish security personnel and protesters.

In an interview on Fox News, Tillerson said the State Department had called in the ambassador of Turkey to discuss the incident and say “that this is simply unacceptable.”

There is an ongoing investigation,” he said. “We’ll wait and see what the outcome of that investigation is. But we have expressed our dismay at what occurred at the Turkish Embassy.”


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  1. Edward Demiraiakian said:

    Where is ANTIFA now? Turkey’s behavior fits perfectly with both the definition and the visual historic immages of the past NAZI days. All the scatterred ethnic and religious communities in Turkey feel the oppression of the Turkish National/Islamic government. The turks, are adept manipulators. They first manipulated the French, Then the Germans, then the Russians, then the US. All the big powers have been suckerred into building up Turkey for hopes of grand economic advantages, all to be dissapointed in the end. Turkey is too big, too arrogant, too unreliable, too unpredictable. too genocidal, and too aggressive. A threat to the region; a trully catastrofic potential in the eventual advent of a Nuclear armed Turkey. Turkey, which really is a hodge-pdge of small states once conquered by the Ottomans, needs to be broken up into its individual historic states, ie: Pontian, Capadokian, Kurdistan, Estern Armenia, Yeziddistan, Cilicia, Eastern Thrace, etc. Only then we will have peace in that part of the world. And if the West does it, than the West will benefit. But if the inefectual, visionless leaders of the Western Democracies choose to ignore the coming storm, just like they ignored the Immigrant invasion storm, than to be sure Russia will arrive at the same conclusion. Russia has far more Legal reasons to impose an old treaty such as “Wilsonian Armenia” which would be the turkey-bone in the throat of the old “Pan Turkish” Empire State. A Kurdistan carved out of Turkey would dimminish Turkey greately. The Greek Ponian States are considerable. The Cappadokian plains are vast.