Erdogan's security forces attack protesters in DC


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May 19, 2017 - 01:53pm PT



Dingus Milktoast

Trad climber
Minister of Moderation, Fatcrackistan
May 19, 2017 - 02:03pm PT
Whoa just watched that video. Turkish goons protecting their President allowed to come into direct contact with protest crowd? Some fat, what, D.C. cops running around to keep the peace?

I don't get how that was allowed to happen. The entire Turkish security detail should have been detained but instead, they leave the country.


Setup? Lax cops caught off guard or the B-team purposely assigned due to whispers in the back halls?

Just seems weird the two groups came into contact like that.


state of being
May 19, 2017 - 02:43pm PT
Trump: Where can I get some of those 'peace keepers' for my rallies?
Roger Breedlove

Cleveland Heights, Ohio
Topic Author's Reply - May 19, 2017 - 05:36pm PT
DMT, two of the armed Turkish security guards were detained by the DC police, then immediately released when the had diplomatic immunity. Just before the security detail attacked, one spoke to Erdogan. The posters were peaceful. The DC cops were completel caught off guard, and they are pissed at the Turks. Maybe Drump won't do anything about a foriegn power attacking US citizens in the US, but local cops should refuse to protect Turkish diplomats in DC and NY.

Mountain climber
May 19, 2017 - 05:47pm PT
Roger, see this story about diplomatic immunity and the DC assaults:

Four international law experts, three of them former legal advisers at the State Department, tell U.S. News that if police identify the assailants, they may be able to make criminal charges stick, even if the men are on the Turkish government payroll....

...Georgetown University law professor David Stewart, a former assistant legal adviser for diplomatic law and litigation in the State Department, also could imagine charges against Erdogan guards under certain circumstances.

“You don’t get immunity just because you claim it. You don’t get immunity just because you say, ‘I’m with the big guy.’ You don’t get immunity just because you say, ‘My passport says I’m important, I have a diplomatic passport,'” he says.

“You get immunity if you are accepted by the government in a certain status that entitles you to that immunity," he says, "and that’s typically a question of law – for example, under the Vienna Convention or our notion of international law.”

Stewart says “this isn’t just a question of abstract principles,” but rather a highly fact-specific question of law.

“The government is now trying to figure out, I’m sure, 'What are the factual circumstances here? Who gets what immunity?'” he says. “I can only imagine they’ve been doing it all day.”

Stewart agrees with Weiner that embassy staff likely are immune from prosecution if they have diplomatic accreditation with the State Department. But he says “it is possible” members of Erdogan’s traveling entourage would have customary immunity if their names were provided in advance to the State Department.

“Of course, you can imagine charges being filed,” Stewart says. “If these guys busted through the police line and beat up protesters, that’s a criminal offense. That’s an assault.”

“I would go so far as to say I would expect charges to be brought,” he adds. “Charges can be brought. The prosecutor would say, ‘We’re bringing these charges.’ The answer would be these guys are immune or they are not immune.”

May 19, 2017 - 05:52pm PT
The prosecutor would say, ‘We’re bringing these charges.

Nothing will happen at all.

Erdogan already told Trump he'll kick him in the balls if he tries to do anything about this.

Then the pussy Trump melted back into his hairdoo.

But Chuck Norris would have given the looser Erdogan a wicked roundhouse to the head for running his stoopid mouth ....

Trad climber
greater Boss Angeles area
May 19, 2017 - 05:53pm PT
A London police officer was shot and killed by a Libyan embassy security guard who claimed diplomatic immunity and was allowed to leave the U.K.

That's a long ways from giving the shoe leather to someone who was already down.

Mountain climber
May 19, 2017 - 06:12pm PT
Apparently a similar incident happened last year in DC, when Erdogan spoke at the Brookings Institution. No charges laid.
Jim Brennan

Trad climber
May 19, 2017 - 06:33pm PT
In 1997 during the APEC Summit, an anti Suharto sign was placed in a window of a citizen's private residence in Vancouver. That didn't stop the Canadian government ordering the RCMP to enter the premises, tear down the sign and arrest the citizen residing there.

"You have the right to free speech as long as you're not dumb enough to actually try it" sings the old song.
Delhi Dog

Good Question...
May 19, 2017 - 09:20pm PT
I know plenty of people with dip passports.
Very few of them have "diplomatic immunity".

The ones that do need to.

Trad climber
Auberry, CA
May 20, 2017 - 12:18pm PT
These protesters need their own god-damned militia!! The trouble is, the cops would probably kill all the protester first then let Erdogan's goons go scot free. It's no wonder that Erdogan is the 45th's buddy. This, too, pisses me off watching it. Trump probably watched it over and over while giggling! The ripe bastard that he is!

Trad climber
South Pasadena, CA
May 20, 2017 - 02:02pm PT
Why might Europe be soft on Turkey?
1. Want a EU member to absorb more of the refugee influx
2 Want access to oil pipelines that don't make them wholly dependent on Russia

That's kind of a weak negotiating position from which to demand human rights.

Why might USA be soft on Turkey? This might be one reason:

Slight pivot... the yellow stars on this map are airfields from which USA military operates in the region... might give some perspective and reality check for how much money our military spends, and whether you consider this a defensive posture or trying to control the world posture:

Credit: NutAgain!

What would the USA say about Russia if it was operating in 40+ bases around Canada and Mexico and Caribbean and performing aggressive "exercises" around the coffee and coca leaf and oil production in South America and the shale oil in Canada?

So when you really look at what the USA is in the world, from what position of moral authority do we have a right to speak? We put our boot on the necks of millions of people around the world. Well not directly, because we are sneaky enough to do it by supporting the tyrants who give us what we want, without regard to what it costs the people under their control. And if they won't give us what we want, we will make war if necessary or replace them through other means. Maybe we deserve Trump because his personality is a more accurate reflection of what we are as a country. Rip off the scab, let the abscess start to heal? Maybe all the emotional backlash against him is in part driven by the self-loathing of so many people (myself included) who want to be good and nice but have a hard time giving up the nice life and oil addiction that is made possible by the outsourced exploitation.

It's sort of like people who like to eat meat but protest animal slaughter. Maybe in the final analysis, Trump supporters can claim the higher moral ground because they at least are honest with themselves about taking what they want in the world, rather than having a guilty and apologetic smile to the victims, with furtive outreached hand to accept what the bullies have taken from them.

Mountain climber
The Other Monrovia- CA
May 22, 2017 - 09:00am PT
Turkey feels that their security peeps were dissed? That's rich!

Turkey says summons U.S. envoy over Washington street brawl

Mountain climber
May 22, 2017 - 10:12am PT
^^ The Erdogan regime is exhibiting their position on free speech and protest.

Turkish diplomats have criticized the local police for failing to quell an “unpermitted” and “provocative” demonstration.

The Turkish Foreign Ministry’s statement on Monday went even further, criticizing “the inability of U.S. authorities to take sufficient precautions at every stage of the official program.” And it demanded that the United States conduct a “full investigation of this diplomatic incident and provide the necessary explanation.”

Trad climber
Santa Cruz/New Zealand/South Pacific
May 22, 2017 - 10:16am PT
That poses the great political question of the century:

If Russia ever invades Turkey from the rear, will Greece help?
T Hocking

Trad climber
Redding, Ca
May 22, 2017 - 10:28am PT
Rim shot/LOL

Good one Guido. :)

Mountain climber
May 26, 2017 - 12:39am PT
The NY Times has an interactive story that tracks "the actions of 24 men, including armed members of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security detail, who attacked protesters in Washington last week":
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