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Senator Calls For Removal Of Turkish Embassy In D.C.

| by Shani Shahmoon

Like every big slip-up lately in the White House, it all seems to begin with a tweet.

On May 16, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan visited the White House to chat with President Donald Trump. Staying in character, Trump took to Twitter.

"It was a great honor to welcome the President of Turkey ... to the [White House] today!" Trump tweeted.

Erdogan's relationship with his people is understandably a little rocky at the moment, given the coup d'etat in July 2016 when Turks and Kurds attempted to get him thrown out of office. The coup didn't work, but instead has brought about Erdogan's iron fist.

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After hearing about Erdogan's visit with Trump, pro- and anti-Erdogan activists took to protesting. They chanted outside the residence of Turkish Ambassador in the United States Serdar Kılıc with signs and spirit, ABC News reported.

A police-enforced buffer zone was put in place to ensure safety during the protests, but people began to cross the border and soon enough, people became violent.

The protest turned chaotic and blood was shed, with two people being transported to the hospital by ambulance with serious injuries and seven others, labeled as "walking wounded," were taken to the hospital by a medical bus.

Videos have gone viral, showing men in suits -- which were allegedly Erdogan's security guards -- ganging up in groups of more than five against a single protester, as well at tearing apart different protest signs.

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Older men and women are shown bloodied by beatings.

Seyid Riza Dersimi, a 61-year-old Virginia resident that helped plan the protest, was pushed to the ground and kicked in the face over and over again. The altercation resulted in five stitches in his nose, busted lips and a lost tooth, The Washington Post reported.

"This is what happens in Turkey -- this is not what happens in the U.S. The American police let them attack us," Dersimi said.

On May 17, a day after the attack, Republican Sen. John McCain of Arizona took to Twitter toexpress identical concerns, The Hill reported.

"This is the United States of America. We do not do this here. There is no excuse for this kind of thuggish behavior," McCain wrote.

In an interview on MSNBC's "Morning Joe," McCain said, "I'd throw the Turkish ambassador out."

According to CNN, both the State Department and U.S. law enforcement have confirmed that Turkish security officials were involved in the brutality against the protesters.

The Turkish Embassy published a statement in regards to the outbreak, calling it an act of defense.

"The Turkish-Americans responded in self-defense and one of them was seriously injured. The violence and injuries were the result of this unpermitted, provocative demonstration. We hope that, in the future, appropriate measures will be taken to ensure that similar provocative actions causing harm and violence do not occur," the statement said.

Sources: ABC News, Donald J. Trump/Twitter, The Washington Post, CNN, The Hill / Photo credit: Brian Johnson & Dane Kantner via Wikimedia Commons

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