John McCain calls for expulsion of Turkey’s ambassador to US


US Senator John McCain (file photo)
US Senator John McCain (file photo)

Senator John McCain has urged the expulsion of Turkey’s ambassador to the US following a violent confrontation between Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s bodyguards and protesters in Washington, DC.

“We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America,” McCain said on Thursday.

“This kind of thing cannot go unresponded to diplomatically,” the Arizona Republican said, adding that legal action could be pursued.

Several other senators also expressed outrage after Erdogan’s bodyguards attacked pro-Kurdish protesters in Washington as he met President Donald Trump at the White House on Tuesday.

US President Donald Trump welcomes Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan as he arrives for meetings at the White House in Washington, DC, May 16, 2017. (Photo by AFP)

“This is Erdogan’s security detail. Somebody told them to go out there and beat up on these peaceful demonstrators,” McCain said. “This isn’t Turkey; this isn’t a third world country.”

The US police also branded the incident as a “brutal attack” on peaceful protesters. According to reports, Erdogan’s bodyguards pushed past US police and assaulted a group of protesters hours after the meeting.

Close-up footage shared on social media showed the bodyguards dressed in suits beating and punching people in the crowd.

Police secure the street outside the Turkish Embassy during a visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, May 16, 2017, in Washington, DC. (Photo by AFP)

Both sides accuse each other of provoking the brawl which left more than 10 people injured.

The US State Department slammed the violence in a statement as inappropriate, saying the rights of people to freedom of speech and peaceful protest should be respected.

“Violence is never an appropriate response to free speech, and we support the rights of people everywhere to free expression and peaceful protest,” said the statement.

The Turkish Embassy also released a statement regarding the violence on Thursday. It made no mention of Turkish security personnel, and blamed the unrest on demonstrators supporting the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK.)

“The demonstrators began aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the president,” the embassy said. “The Turkish-Americans responded in self-defense and one of them was seriously injured.”

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Turkey has stepped up its attacks against PKK positions in northern Iraq and Kurdish People’s Protection Units (YPG) outposts in Syria over the past few weeks.

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3 Responses to "John McCain calls for expulsion of Turkey’s ambassador to US"

  1. davor  May 19, 2017 at 7:06 am

    McCain and Erdogan’s establishment moralizing on the use of force – that’s like the best Hollywood parody. I wonder how McCain didn’t advocate for peaceful protests in Ukraine both in Kiev and Donbass, or in Yemen or in Damascus. Oh and by the way US is a third world country, because of the corruption and stupidity of its warmongering politicians, for all else is a superstate.

    • JohnZ  May 19, 2017 at 8:39 am

      The Banana States of America.

  2. JohnZ  May 19, 2017 at 6:45 am

    Well, there you are. sooner or later something like this was going to happen. The ramifications have as yet to be fully realized but it appears they are all ready taking place. Sending out his goon thugs in the manner in which they did, proves the Turkish leader and his government are not in any way legitimate especially after what they did in Washington. At the very least sanctions should be applied and some sort of high level protest.
    Odd the Trump himself has remained so quite. Only a handful of congressmen so far have protested? where the hell are all the others? In no way should the Turkish consulate get away with this. If they cannot respect the rights of people in America, then it’s high time to sever all ties to that miserable little country. No more military aid or sales and no more aid period. Maybe it’s time to sanction Turkey.
    For once I have to agree with McCain, the Turkish ambassador should be expelled and the entire lot of them sent back to that Turkish hell hole.

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