Video Shows Turkish President Erdogan Watching as His Goon Squad Attacks Protesters
A new video has emerged online showing Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan calmly getting out of his car and watching members of his security detail brutally attack a group of Kurdish protesters outside of the Turkish embassy in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.
The video also suggests that Erdogan gave the orders for the assault to a bodyguard standing outside his Mercedes Benz moments before the beat-down began.
The video is filmed from behind a black Mercedes Benz occupied by Erdogan, who had just left a White House meeting with President Trump.
Kurdish protesters can be heard chanting in the video. One of Erdogan’s personal bodyguards is also seen bending down into the Mercedes, which is surrounded by around 10 suited men.
The video then shows Erdogan’s bodyguard standing up outside of the vehicle before appearing to relay commands to another man closer to the protests unfolding on the street outside the embassy. The man then turns and appears to rush off towards the protests. Seconds later, men in suits working in some capacity for the Turkish government go after the protesters.
Given Erdogan’s iron-like grip on his government, it is unlikely that his security detail would have acted without direct orders.
The VOA footage zooms in as Erdogan’s security detail is seen punching and kicking the protesters. The melee dissipated in less than a minute, and Erdogan is seen emerging from the Mercedes Benz. He then enters the ambassador’s residence flanked by several Turkish government ministers, including Berat Albayrak, Turkey’s energy minister and Erdogan’s son-in-law.
As PJ Media reported yesterday, protesters at the demonstration, which included Kurds, Armenians, Greeks, Yazidis, and Assyrians, were chanting and holding up signs demanding the release from jail of a pro-Kurdish politician before the attack began. Erdogan's security staff concentrated mostly on Kurdish protesters.
At least a couple of protesters were filmed covered in blood following the melee, and a female protester was filmed being cornered and choked by a man in a black suit.
Nine people were injured, one severely, and two were arrested, apparently one from the pro-Kurd side and one from the pro-Erdogan side.
The executive director of the Armenian National Committee of America, who witnessed Tuesday's bloody attacks against protesters of the regime of visiting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, called the violence the "very type of intolerance that has come to predominate in Turkey -- and it has now been exported here."
According to The Daily Caller, the State Department says it is investigating the brawl but has so far declined to comment on the status of the investigation into the brawl.