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Thursday, May 18, 2017

Philip Bump, Washington Post: On Tuesday afternoon, a brief but violent altercation erupted outside the home of the Turkish ambassador on Washington's Embassy Row. At least nine people were injured in the fighting. Video taken at the scene would indicate that most of the injured were protesters standing across the street from the ambassador's residence. At least some of those involved in causing the injuries were guards for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

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In the video, a group of men, many in suits and wearing badges, charge into the group of demonstrators, who were protesting Erdogan's policies in Turkey, Syria and Iraq, according to a Facebook video. Turkey's state news agency said the security team sought to disperse the protest because D.C. "police did not heed to Turkish demands to intervene" -- sensibly, since American police are expected to allow peaceful protests to continue. ...

Ultimately, the repercussions of the brawl come down to the will of the government -- that is to say, the Trump administration -- to decide how to address the guards' behavior. Whether to expel the bad actors is up to the administration, as is how to constrain Erdogan in the future. D.C. police can identify the culprits in the fight, and the city can charge them with crimes, but beyond that it's up to the executive branch.

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When Trump gets done getting dicked by Russia maybe he can look into this.

#1 | Posted by donnerboy at 2017-05-18 08:20 PM | Reply

This was an unacceptable episode that actually demonstrates Erdogan's level of respect for democracy. His thugs should be prosecuted to kicked out of the country, immediately.

#2 | Posted by danni at 2017-05-18 10:58 PM | Reply

Trump is so weak that a foreign country can have its officials engage in mob violence on our soil and get away with it.

#3 | Posted by rcade at 2017-05-19 09:04 AM | Reply

Trump is so weak that a foreign country can have its officials engage in mob violence on our soil and get away with it.

#3 | POSTED BY RCADE

Trump wishes he could do the same.

#4 | Posted by Sycophant at 2017-05-19 10:37 AM | Reply

One of Trump's favorite tyrants, after the Saudis.

#5 | Posted by nutcase at 2017-05-19 11:46 AM | Reply

Trump says nothing and is a gutless wonder. He just has got to go...
Imagine if this happened under Obama's watch and he said nada?
GOP are such flaming hypocrites it makes me sick.
We should shut down their embassy until they apologise
and pay the doctor bills of these people and put their own thugs into prison.

#6 | Posted by tknees at 2017-05-19 02:01 PM | Reply

That's some crazy stuff. I posted a Vice story yesterday with the action shown from a different angle. www.drudge.com

There ought to be a way to prosecute the security thugs. From what I can see, they responded to chants with violence. In this country, protests are legal.

#7 | Posted by cbob at 2017-05-19 02:37 PM | Reply

We sure do look like a major superpower when Turkish security guards can beat the crap out of Americans on our soil and walk away from it.

Diplomatic immunity.

MAGA

#8 | Posted by chuffy at 2017-05-19 05:25 PM | Reply

Has the WH condemned this?
Has Trump?
Don't be silly.
This is exactly how he wishes he could behave.
A bloated, incoherent, inarticulate, mental case two-bit thug,
Hail to the Chief!

#9 | Posted by Doc_Sarvis at 2017-05-20 09:48 AM | Reply

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