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HR 354 for condemning violence in front of Turkish Amb. Residence expected to pass on Tuesday

Ilhan Tanir

Ela Gonca İzmirli

Two weeks ago the House Foreign Affairs Committee passed a bipartisan resolution condemning the violence against peaceful protesters by Turkish President Erdogan’s security outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence.

2 weeks ago, tTe House Foreign Affairs Committee condemned the violence against peaceful protesters outside the Turkish Ambassador’s residence occurred on May 16, 2017, called for the perpetrators to be brought to justice and measures to be taken to prevent similar incidents in the future.

Among those who co-sponsored the bi-partisan legislature was the Chair of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, Ed Royce; senior member of the Committee Eliot Engel; the Majority Leader of the U.S. House of Representatives Kevin McCarthy and House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer.

The Speaker of the House Paul Ryan also announced his support for the draft, and he said “The violent crackdown on peaceful protesters by Turkish security forces was entirely indefensible, and the Erdogan government’s response was wholly inadequate,” in a statement. “Turkey is an important NATO ally, but its leaders must fully condemn and apologize for this brutal behavior against innocent civilians exercising their First Amendment rights,” Ryan said.

Can pass unanimously

According to information Washington Hatti received from sources in the capital, the legislature that is expected to be supported by all members of Congress and pass unanimouslyor by a big margin..

If the resolution passes the Congress, this will be considered massive defeat for Turkey, who has 143 members in the U.S. House Turkish Coalition of America.

Following the events, the Turkish Foreign Affairs said that Washington Police was responsible for not securing the Turkish Embassy and claimed that the protesters were members of the internationally recognized terrorist group, PKK. Turkish Ambassador Serdar Kılıç said that ‘respect for freedom of expression does not mean showing “solidarity with terrorism,” regarding the brawl in front of the Embassy.

According to the new allegations that Washington Hatti reported earlier, US Secret Service guards were informed that the instructions to attack the protesters came from Mr. Erdogan himself and they threatened to withdraw their forces.

McCain said. “We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America.”

“This is the United States of America, this isn’t Turkey, this isn’t a third-world country, and this kind of thing cannot go un-responded to diplomatically and maybe in other ways,” McCain said in a television interview following the events.

In addition to kicking Kılıç out, McCain suggested bringing lawsuits against those responsible.

Amb. Kılıç’s one of his first visits to US lawmakers when he began his mission in middle of 2014 was Senator John McCain.

 

 

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