A video by Voice of America (VOA) released on Thursday shows that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan watched violent attack of his bodyguards and embassy staff to protesters outside of the ambassador’s residence in the US capital on Tuesday.
According to the video, one of Erdoğan’s bodyguard speaks with him while protesters chant slogans saying “baby killer Erdoğan.”
After his talk with Erdoğan, the bodyguard walks towards the protesters and Turkish security personnel at the residence of Turkish ambassador attack them immediately after Erdoğan’s bodyguard approaches towards them.
The video also shows Erdoğan watches the attack of his bodyguards to protesters after getting out of the vehicle before he enters Ambassador’s residence.
The US State Department on Wednesday summoned Serdar Kılıç, the Turkish ambassador to the United States, over violence against protesters involving President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s bodyguards and embassy staff.
The demonstrators were protesting the policies of Turkish President Erdoğan, who was visiting Washington for a White House meeting with Donald Trump earlier in the day, and were countered by agitated supporters of the Turkish head of state.
Police intervened in the fighting between the two groups, while a video recording posted on social media the same day also revealed that Erdoğan’s guards were involved, physically attacking the protesters. Nine people were injured, with at least one of them in serious condition, according to US media outlets.
The US State Department had on Wednesday said it was “concerned by the violent incidents involving protesters and Turkish security personnel” in a statement on Wednesday.
“Violence is never an appropriate response to free speech, and we support the rights of people everywhere to free expression and peaceful protest,” the statement said.
A State Department official said the Turkish security that was involved appears to be a mix of Turkish Embassy and Erdoğan’s security staff.
CNN reports that federal and local law enforcement are going through security footage to identify the parties involved in the assault.