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House Bill Calls for Action After Turkish Guards Attacked Protesters in US

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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan (AP Photo)

By    |   Wednesday, 24 May 2017 04:31 PM

The leaders of the House Committee on Foreign Affairs introduced a bill Wednesday that aims to take action after Turkish guards' violent clash with protesters in Washington, D.C., last week.

The piece of legislation was filed by Rep. Ed Royce, R-Calif., with the support of Rep. Eliot Engel, D-N.Y., House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy, R-Calif., and House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., also backing the bill.

The resolution calls for "condemning the violence against peaceful protesters outside the Turkish Ambassador's residence on May 16, 2017, and calling for the perpetrators to be brought to justice and measures to be taken to prevent similar incidents in the future."

Guards protecting Turkish President President Erdogan were seen on video fighting with protesters outside the Turkish Embassy in Washington last Wednesday. The attacks appeared to be unprovoked, with several people getting kicked in the head and torso while they were on the ground.

Two of the Turkish guards were detained after they assaulted U.S. federal agents, but they were released because they had diplomatic immunity.

Wednesday's bill asks the House to formally declare "the Turkish security forces acted in an unprofessional and brutal manner, reflecting poorly on President Erdogan and the Government of Turkey."

It also calls for the Secret Service, the Diplomatic Security Service, and the Department of State to conduct investigations into what took place and how to prevent a similar incident in the future.

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