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Erdogan Brings His Police State to Washington

May 19, 2017
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Erdogan's bodyguards are beating protesters in Washington.

The Turks had voted to give dictatorial powers to the next Turkish president. It is sure to be Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Many said there was a lot of fraud in the election.

President Trump was one of the first to call the president to congratulate him.

Erdogan came to Washington this week. He and Trump agree on fighting Islamic terrorists. They do not agree on who should do it. Kurdish rebels in Turkey are fighting the Turkish government. Kurdish forces in Syria are fighting the terrorists and the rule of Bashar al-Assad. He is the dictator of Syria.

The U.S. is now arming the Kurds in Syria. Erdogan is not pleased with that.

Erdogan’s visit to Washington was long planned. American citizens got a taste of what it is like to oppose Erdogan in Turkey.

It took place outside of the Turkish ambassador’s home in Washington. Demonstrators hostile to Erdogan were on the street. They were protesting in a peaceful way. Supporters of Erdogan attacked the demonstrators. Members of Erdogan’s security guard joined in the attack.

The attack was not a “counter demonstration.” The Washington, D.C. police said it was a “brutal attack.” It injured eleven people. They included a police officer and two Secret Service agents. Nine of the injured went to a hospital.

The U.S. State Department called it an assault on free speech. Some politicians said the episode was “an affront to the United States.” They said Turkey should apologize. Senator John McCain said in a tweet, “There is no excuse for this kind of thuggish behavior.”

Photos went up on social media. The scene was chaos. There were flying fists, feet and police batons. This took place in the middle of rush hour. A video showed two men bleeding from the head. Men in dark suits were punching and kicking protesters. Some injured protesters were lying on the ground.

The police tried to restore order.

The Turkish embassy issued a statement. It said the demonstrators were the aggressors. It said the demonstrators provoked people who came to greet the president. It said their security forces reacted in self-defense. The White House said to ask the State Department about what happened.

President Erdogan and his security forces have left the country.

Last year Erdogan was in Washington. His security forces “roughed up” protesters outside the building he was speaking in.

This is what protesters face in Turkey. He is bringing his brand of terrorism to America.

Source: The New York Times May 17, 2017

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