By Art Moore
Turkey’s president, Recep Tayyip Erdogan, is seen watching his security officials beat protesters outside the country’s embassy in Washington in newly released video footage.
The bloody clash, which sent nine people to a hospital, took place Tuesday night just hours after Erdogan met with President Trump.
Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House with President Trump May 16, 2017 (White House photo)
CNN reported the video shows Erdogan standing near his car as the fighting broke out then turning his back and walking into the Turkish embassy.
Photos and videos of the scene on Embassy Row during rush hour showed men in dark suits punching and kicking protesters, including some who were lying on the ground. Two men were seen bleeding from the head.
The State Department, which is investigating the incident, summoned Turkey’s ambassador to the U.S., Serdar K?l?ç, to the State Department, a senior State Department official told CNN.
“The conduct of Turkish security personnel earlier this week is deeply disturbing,” the official said. “The State Department has raised its concerns about these events at the highest levels and a thorough investigation that will allow us to hold the responsible individuals accountable is of the utmost importance to us.”
Members of Erdogan’s security team also clashed with demonstrators last year outside the Brookings Institution in Washington, where Erdogan was giving a speech.
Brookings issued a statement at the time saying the security team “behaved unacceptably — they roughed up protesters outside the building and tried to drag away ‘undesired’ journalists, an approach typical of the Russians or Chinese.”
As WND reported, many geopolitical analysts are concerned the NATO nation, once regarded as a potential member of the European Union, is being systematically transformed into an Click to see the original article