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United States releases 2 Turkish bodyguards after violence

19 May 2017

Top congressional Republicans are demanding the Trump administration take swift and severe action against the Turkish government in response to violence involving members of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security detail, with one saying the U.S. He added that some members of the pro-Erdogan group were carrying firearms, which made it more hard for police to contain the scene. They could see the protestors and their placards- and chose to "disperse them".

Police said 11 people were injured, including a Washington police officer, and two people were arrested for assault.

Footages of a brawl between a small group of protesters believed to be pro-Kurdish and some men dressed in black suits, identified as Erdogan's security agents, went viral on social media.

The U.S. detained and released two members of the Turkish president's delegation after they were involved in an attack on peaceful protesters outside the Turkish embassy Tuesday.

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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.

"We are communicating our concern to the Turkish government in the strongest possible terms", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement on Wednesday.

Witnesses described what happened at the scene.

"People have the right in our country to peacefully demonstrate, and they were peacefully demonstrating", said McCain. "Someone was beating me in the head nonstop", she said. "We are telling you this now in advance", Erdogan said. "We just celebrated our President".

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Turkey launched its Euphrates Shield operation inside Syria previous year, backing Syrian rebels with tanks, air strikes and special forces to sweep Islamic State from its southern border and stop the advance of the Syrian Kurdish YPG, which Ankara regards as a terrorist organization.

The VOA shows that the member of Erdogan's team who went off to where the violence erupted came back (at around 1:14 in the clip) as the longtime leader in Ankara left his auto and looked at the scene before heading inside.

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.

In an interview with Turkish broadcaster NTV, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu accused USA envoy Brett McGurk of "providing support" for the PKK and the Syrian Kurdish force, known as the People's Protection Units, or YPG.

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United States expresses concern in "strongest possible terms" after violence erupted outside the Turkish embassy. Erdogan also visited Turkish Ambassador Serdar Kılıç's home on Tuesday. John McCain called for Turkey's ambassador to the U.S.to be "thrown out" of the country.

United States releases 2 Turkish bodyguards after violence