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Arrest thugs and revoke visas for Erdogan bodyguards

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Washington, May 17, 2017 | Contact: Peter Whippy (2022253072) | comments

WASHINGTON, DCU.S. Rep. Zoe Lofgren (D-Calif.) today called for the arrest and prosecution of individuals who brutally beat protestors outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence on Tuesday night and the revocation of diplomatic visas granted to members of Erdoğan’s security detail who participated in the attack:

 “I was shocked to watch a video this morning in which supporters of Turkish President Erdoğan, including his own bodyguards, savagely beat peaceful protestors at the Turkish Embassy yesterday. The Metropolitan Police Department has called it a “brutal attack.” The State Department condemned the attack, but this is not enough.

“Yesterday’s attackers should be arrested immediately and prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law. And if Erdoğan bodyguards who participated in this attack have entered the country on diplomatic visas, those visas should be revoked right away.

“Their assault was not just on individual protestors, but an open assault on our collective First Amendment rights.

“President Erdoğan is an authoritarian and an oppressor. Over the past several years, he has mounted a continuous assault on the rule of law, free speech, free press, and democratic institutions. It was unwise for President Trump to meet with him. Now the United States needs to send a strong message that we will not stand by as Erdoğan’s bring the same thuggish tactics to our nation’s capital.”

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