On Wednesday, bodyguards for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan attacked peaceful protestors outside the residence of the Turkish Ambassador to the US in Washington, DC. The scenes evoked images from Erdogan’s visit last year, when clashes erupted during protests near the Brookings Institution where he was scheduled to give a speech.
In both, cases security seemed ill prepared to handle the outbreak of violence.
It’s one thing to see this reprehensible behavior on Turkish soil, but it is out right appalling to see it repeated here in the United States. We pride ourselves on the right to protests and the freedom to peacefully assemble. Erdogan and his heavies violated that right and it calls into question the tenacity of our relationship with the Republic of Turkey. No matter how strong it may be, this behavior cannot continue.
VOA posted a clip of the altercation on Facebook: