Outrage has erupted on social media after Turkey summoned the U.S. ambassador in Ankara to scold him over the protesters Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s bodyguards beat up in Washington recently.
“Erdogan demands U.S. apologize for American citizens putting their face blood all over his bodyguards’ shoes,” wrote David Burge on Twitter, which seemed to hold the most vehement reactions.
“Wait a … minute. They’re protesting that we’re acting over their thugs beating peaceful protesters … in America?” added Jim Hanson.
WND reported last week on the confrontation, in which Erdogan is seen watching his security detail beat protesters outside the Turkish embassy in Washington.
The bloody clash sent nine people to the hospital, and came only hours after Erdogan met with President Trump.
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.
An official at the State Department said the pitched battle was being investigated.
And Sens. John McCain and Dianne Feinstein immediately wrote to Erdogan urging him to punish his staff for the bloody fight.
“The violent response of your security detail to peaceful protesters is wholly unacceptable and, unfortunately, reflective of your government’s treatment of the press, ethnic minority groups and political opponents,” they said in a letter just days ago.
“The actions of your staff violate the constitutional protections of freedom of the press and freedom of assembly enjoyed by all Americans,” they said. “Your staff’s blatant violation of these rights on American soil is an affront to those freedoms and reflects poorly on your government.”
Monday AP reported that the U.S. ambassador in Ankara was “summoned” to the government’s ministry of foreign affairs “and a written and verbal protest was delivered due to the aggressive and unproffessional (sic) actions taken, contrary to diplomatic rules and practices, by U.S. security personnel towards the close protection team of H.E. Mevlit Cavusoglu … In front of the Turkish Embassy Chancery in Washington, D.C., during the visit of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan last week.”
Turkey demanded an investigation and explanation.
Turkey summons and scolds US ambassador for failing to provide necessary security to protect Erdogan in Washigton. What the… http://pic.twitter.com/ibDiCEi9MG
— Mahir Zeynalov (@MahirZeynalov) May 22, 2017
“NOT the Onion: Guess what Turkey’s demanding in wake of Erdogan bodyguards’ DC thuggery,” wrote Twitchy. “The Turkish government is reportedly alarmed … by how Erdogan’s bodyguards were treated during their assaults on peaceful protesters.
“You can’t make this stuff up, folks.”
“LOL these people have got some nerve,” wrote Jeff B., and Sarah McLaughlin added, “I have gone from ‘mad’ to ‘very mad.’”
“…and then the protesters repeatedly slammed their faces into the bodyguards’ fists with total disregard for possibly knuckle damage,” snarked Ben Kesling.
jjcassidy offered a solution. “Looks like we could redeem some idle space a Turkish embassy is currently sitting on.”
CNN reported during the melee, Erdogan was standing near his car. Then he turned his back and walked into the embassy.
The U.S. State Department earlier released a statement that, “The conduct of Turkish security personnel earlier this week is deeply disturbing. 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.
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 anti-Western power. Fifteen years into his rule, Erdogan is abandoning the secular tradition of the founder of modern Turkey, Mustafa Kemal Atatürk, in favor of Islamic nationalism.