Lawmakers call for extra security for anti-Erdoğan protesters 

Lawmakers call for extra security for anti-Erdoğan protesters 
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A bipartisan group of legislatures are urging the State Department and Washington, D.C., Metropolitan Police to protect protesters demonstrating against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan during his visit on Wednesday.
 
In two separate letters, the lawmakers criticized Turkish security officers who attacked protesters during Erdoğan’s visit to the capitol in 2017 and asked law enforcement to ensure the safety of those speaking out against the Turkish president.
 

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The effort was led by Republican conference chairwoman Rep. Liz CheneyElizabeth (Liz) Lynn CheneyOvernight Defense — Presented by Boeing — Stopgap spending bill includes military pay raise | Schumer presses Pentagon to protect impeachment witnesses | US ends civil-nuclear waiver in Iran Cruz, Graham and Cheney call on Trump to end all nuclear waivers for Iran Pompeo: US ending sanctions waiver for site where Iran resumed uranium enrichment MORE (R-Wyo.) and Reps. Dan CrenshawDaniel CrenshawHouse GOP criticizes impeachment drive as distracting from national security issues Saagar Enjeti: Crenshaw's conservatism will doom future of GOP Conservatives seek to stifle new 'alt-right' movement steeped in anti-Semitism MORE (R-Texas) and Frank Pallone Jr.Frank Joseph PalloneOvernight Health Care: House to vote next week on drug prices bill | Conway says Trump trying to find 'balance' on youth vaping | US spent trillion on hospitals in 2018 House to vote next week on sweeping bill to lower drug prices Hillicon Valley: House passes anti-robocall bill | Senators inch forward on privacy legislation | Trump escalates fight over tech tax | Illinois families sue TikTok | Senators get classified briefing on ransomware MORE (D-N.J.). Forty lawmakers signed the letters.

At least 16 Turkish security officers were identified by police for allegedly assaulting protesters outside the Turkish Ambassador’s residence on May 16, 2017. Footage of the incident captured on video showed Erdoğan’s security guards rushing into the crowd of demonstrators.
 
“The United States Constitution guarantees the right of free assembly and free speech. I stand with these protestors and encourage law enforcement to provide all the necessary safeguards against violence,” Pallone said in a statement. “It’s absurd that a sitting American President has invited a leader who promotes human rights abuses. Let’s show President Erdogan how a real democracy works and protect the individuals who are lawfully protesting the Turkish dictator and his autocratic regime.”
 
While charges were dropped against 11 security officers, four warrants remain outstanding including two additional warrants for Canadian citizens who also took part in the fighting. Two Americans were arrested and found guilty on charges of assaulting protesters.
 
Following the 2017 attack, the House of Representatives passed a resolution condemning the violence by the Turkish officers and calling for their prosecution.