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Erdogan watched his bodyguards beat up protesters in Washington

19 May 2017

In the video, Erdogan is seen standing beside a black Mercedes sedan while his bodyguards in suit were beating up some of the protesters.

Erdogan sat in the back seat of a vehicle near the Turkish ambassador's residence as his supporters charged into the protest crowd.

The clip shows Erdogan emerging from a auto to watch the melee before heading inside the Turkish ambassador's residence.

Turkey has yet to face any repercussions from the US government after its security personnel attacked protesters outside of the Turkish ambassador's residence on Tuesday night when Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was in Washington for meeting with President Trump. 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.

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It made no mention of Turkish security personnel, and blamed the unrest on demonstrators supporting the PKK, a group "which the USA and Turkey have designated as a terrorist organization".

The State Department also said that acting Deputy Secretary of State Tom Shannon spoke with Turkish Ambassador Serdar Kilic about the fighting that left at least nine injured, including a DC police officer. The embassy alleged, without evidence, that the demonstrators were associated with the Kurdistan Workers' Party, or PKK, which has waged a three-decade-long insurgency against Turkey and is considered a terrorist group by the United States. A man with bullhorn is repeatedly kicked in the face.

The minister was in Washington with President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who met US President Donald Trump.

A State Department spokeswoman said, referring to the incident, the United States is communicating concerns to Turkey's government "in strongest possible terms".

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On Wednesday, D.C. police announced that they will pursue additional charges against individuals who instigated the violence, dcist.com reported.

Police Chief Peter Nesham called reports of guns by the pro-Turkey side "very dicey", adding: "I will say that is not something that we will tolerate here in Washington, D.C". In April 2016 the president's bodyguards beat protesters outside the Brookings Institution in Washington D.C. while Erdogan gave a speech inside, prompting the think tank to strongly condemn the behavior.

"The Turkish-Americans responded in self-defense", the statement from the Turkish embassy said.

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Erdogan watched his bodyguards beat up protesters in Washington