While visiting the US this week, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan watched his security servicemen beating up protesters outside the country’s embassy in Washington, DC. The Turkish embassy claimed that the protesters were "affiliated with the PKK (Kurdistan Workers Party)" -- a terrorist group -- and had assembled without permission (as if protesters should have requested permission to the embassy, and not to American authorities).
|The Turkish President Erdogan watching protesters clashing with his|
security servicemen, in Washington DC
The protesters "began aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the President," the embassy said in a statement released late Wednesday.
The Republican Sen. John McCain, called for the Turkish ambassador to be expelled of the US. "We should throw the Turkish ambassador out of the country, we should identify those people that performed these unlawful acts of beating people up and they should be charged”. In the mean time, "were briefly detained during the altercations and subsequently released" and returned to Turkey with Erdogan.
An official of the State Department confirmed that two members of Erdogan's security service "were briefly detained during the altercations and subsequently released" and returned to Turkey with Erdogan.
Despite McCain’s comment, probably nothing will happen to the Turkish Ambassador or to the security servicemen who took part in the brawl. Mr. Erdogan knows the US needs Turkish bases to operate its Air Force in that region and, after receiving as much power as one dictator could get, he has more power in his hands than his American counterpart; even in the US.