State Department Comment on the Incident Involving Erdogan’s Security

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Translated by Ollie Richardson for Fort Russ

2nd April, 2016


The US State Department, on Friday, using choice words, commented on the incident that occurred in Washington between the security of Turkey’s President Tayyip Erdogan and protesters.

“We have seen the reports about a confrontation between protesters and Turkish security guards at the Brookings institution yesterday. As we have mentioned many times, we respect the freedom of expression and peaceful protests. Violence against peaceful protesters is totally unacceptable,” said State Department spokesman Elizabeth Trudeau.

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At the same time, she did not comment on the incident that occurred later at the Institute, where the organizers of the speech did not allow journalists to ask Erdogan questions.

“If you ask me about what happened at the event with the participation of the press in a private Institute, I will redirect you to the Brookings institution,” said Trudeau.

Previously, Erdogan spoke at the Brookings institution in Washington. Several journalists tried to press his statement, but were met with abuse and opposition from the security accompanying the President. DC police had to intervene to prevent a brawl between the protection of the President of Turkey, journalists, and protesters against the Erdogan’s policies.

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