Turkey Summons U.S. Ambassador; Blames U.S. Security Personnel for Turkish Attack in D.C.

Hamparian:  ‘Erdogan’s Adding Insult to Injury. Having Ordered this Attack, He’s Now Accusing U.S. Police of Aggression’

WASHINGTON (A.W.)—The Ambassador of the Unites States of America in Ankara John R. Bass was summoned to the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs on May 22, to protest the “aggressive and unprofessional action against Turkish security personnel” on May 16 in Washington, D.C.

A screenshot from a video of the attack by Turkish security forces, captured by Voice of America’s Turkish service (Photo: Voice of America)

According to Turkey’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, written and verbal protest was delivered “due to the aggressive and unprofessional actions taken, contrary to diplomatic rules and practices, by U.S. security personnel towards the close protection team of H.E Mevlüt Çavuşoğlu, Minister of Foreign Affairs of the Republic of Turkey.”

On May 16, a group of peaceful demonstrators protesting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s official visit to the United States, were attacked by pro-Erdogan groups—including members of Erdogan’s security team—at the Sheridan Circle near the residence of the Turkish Ambassador to the U.S.

There has been much congressional outrage over the Turkish security team’s brutal beat-down of peaceful protesters after several videos of the incident emerged, one of which suggests that Erdogan may have ordered the attack.

During the meeting with the Ambassador, the Turkish Ministry of Foreign Affairs emphasized that the “lapses of security” experienced during Erdogan’s stay in Washington, which were” caused by the inability of U.S. authorities to take sufficient precautions at every stage of the official program.”

Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Executive Director Aram Hamparian strongly condemned the decision to summon the Ambassador, in comments made to the Armenian Weekly. “Erdogan’s adding insult to injury. Having ordered this attack, he’s now accusing U.S. police of aggression.  This dictator is acting with absolute disdain for America—our values, our police, and our people,” said Hamparian.

The ANCA has also called for the expulsion of Turkey’s Ambassador to the U.S. Visit www.anca.org/Erdogan to take action.



  1. That nothing ever changed in Turkey and that the Turks would behave just like they did when they first mass murdered the Armenians and then put the blame on the victims, is of no surprise. But what do YOU do, America “the Great”, to give an adequate response? Until now we see nothing but bla-bla from senators, mayor’s office, and our inimitable state department for whom Turkey, as we know, is a “valuable ally”…

  2. The same sort of attacks by Turkish personnel took place last year at the Brookings Institute in DC and also in Ecuador.

    Sadly, the US and other countries do not have even the minimal courage to stand up to Erdogan.

  3. Well done Dave, you are so correct with your comment. Nobody has to be a scholar to work this out but unfortunately that is the way it is. It’s called the convenience of being GUTLESS.

  4. Once again the ottoman killers headed by Erdogan [he is really a coward] hiding behind his robot killers
    Our President Trump and Vice President Pence ;I hope they have what I mean for them to stand up and face to the truth or are they controlled by erdoganthe ottoman turk? HOPE NOT

  5. Why is this case different to the way Turkey has behaved for centuries?
    USA has been reluctant to criticise Turkey and recognise the Armenian genocide because “THEY ARE OUR ALLIES”. Of course let’s not forget how the Americans treated the natives in their land and produced many movies depicting them as savages and justified killing them. So, now they pretend that this kind of behaviour is not acceptable in the USA?
    One should clean their house first…

  6. As an armenian american I am appalled by this attack of americans on american soil ordered by and carried out by turkish nationals. That Trump remains silent is adds another element of depravity.

    I will not consider visiting Turkey until Erdogan is gone and people there have some decent amount of freedom from his tryanny.

  7. Turkey, as usual throwing the blame on someone else! They’ve denied the Armenian genocide for over 100 years now, even though there is overwhelming proof. The amazing thing is, even with photographic proof of the demonstraters being attacked, they still are holding their hands up and screaming it wasn’t us! This nation has a deep rooted “denial” complex. The more you say it wasn’t me, the more they believe it and in time make you believe it!
    America……..it’s over to you!

  8. They call the american embassador to complain because the police oficcers didn’t stay away while the kick and beat innocents civilians. This crimminals are shameless and the whole world need to open the eyes and make them pay for all crimes commited in the past and now.

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