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kurdish MP arrested in turkish parliament after fiery speech


Wow

That's exactly how we feel toward the Muslims occupying out lands
One day. We shall liberate

Woowwwww
That man got guts , even more than Nemer and Nemr
 
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  • TayyarBeino

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    Boxing legend Muhammad Ali dies at 74
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    Posted at Jun 04 2016 12:56 PM
     
    kmarthe

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    BN: BBC just projected the UK will LEAVE the EU! (52% - 48%)

    Bye bye EU!
     
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    BN: BBC just projected the UK will LEAVE the EU! (52% - 48%)

    Bye bye EU!
    Far right is winning in europe soon in America and then we will see how things will go.... muslims have to pay jezzya to be protected in christian countries, convert to christianity or buddhism or hindu or die...
     
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    Far right is winning in europe soon in America and then we will see how things will go.... muslims have to pay jezzya to be protected in christian countries, convert to christianity or buddhism or hindu or die...
    You make a great ambassador for the Christian teachings...Jesus must be really proud of you. :)
     
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    You make a great ambassador for the Christian teachings...Jesus must be really proud of you. :)

    I am being sarcastic.. I mean look, I wouldst kill anyone... I wouldn't force anyone to convert.. and actually I wouldn't act like muslim acts ... But please would you consirder telling the muslim to look at me as a human being and not as inferior being? I would love that....

    We christians are not like muslims... we are promoting Trump because we feel the far right in Islam is always on the rise.... so let them see what happens when Christians get mad....
     
    Abotareq93

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    إطلاق نار داخل مركز تجاري في السويد


    أفادت الشرطة السويدية أن مسلحاً مجهولاً أطلق النار على رجل في مركز تجاري في مدينة مالمو السويدية وأصابه الثلاثاء.

    وقالت شرطة مالمو في بيان، إن الضحية أصيب في الساق ونقل إلى مستشفى محلي، ولم تتضح حالته على الفور.

    وأضافت الشرطة إنها لم تحدد مشتبهاً به أو الدافع وراء إطلاق النار ولم تعتقل أحداً.

    ووقع الحادث في حي تسكنه أغلبية من المهاجرين في ثالث أكبر مدن السويد.

    واهتزت أوروبا بسبب سلسلة من الهجمات العنيفة على المدنيين شملت ألمانيا وفرنسا وبلجيكا خلال الشهور الثمانية عشر الماضية، نفذها رجال من أصول شرق أوسطية أو آسيوية، وأعلن تنظيم داعش مسؤوليته عن كثير من الهجمات.
     
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    Uzbekistan president Islam Karimov in intensive care after stroke

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    Islam Karimov’s health has long been the subject of speculation at home and abroad

    Uzbekistan’s president is in intensive care after a stroke, his daughter said on Monday, raising the prospect of the first transfer of power in Central Asia’s most populous nation since its independence from the Soviet Union a quarter century ago.

    “My father was hospitalised after suffering a cerebral haemorrhage on Saturday morning, and is now receiving treatment in an intensive care unit,” the youngest daughter of Islam Karimov said in an Instagram post on Monday.
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    Mr Karimov, 78, is one of the longest-serving world leaders, having ruled Uzbekistan with an iron fist since before its independence. His health has long been the subject of speculation at home and abroad, and he has previously disappeared from public view for weeks at a time, only to reappear, seemingly full of vitality, to quash speculation of his imminent demise.

    But the comments from Lola Karimova-Tillyaeva, together with a statement from the Uzbek government that was reported by state media on Sunday, mark the first time that the president’s ill health has been officially announced.

    The move has led observers to speculate that Mr Karimov may be close to death.

    “His condition is considered stable. At the moment it is too early to make any predictions about his future health,” said Ms Karimov-Tillyaeva.

    The prospect of a transition of power comes at a delicate time for Uzbekistan, the world’s fifth-largest cotton exporter as well as a top 10 producer of gold and uranium.

    The fall in oil prices and economic crisis in Russia has had a knock-on effect across Central Asia, with the International Monetary Fund predicting that Uzbekistan will see its weakest growth in 13 years. At the same time, there is growing concern about Islamist extremism, with several hundred Uzbek citizens estimated to have joined Isis fighters in Syria and Iraq.


    Mr Karimov rose through the Soviet bureaucracy before being appointed the first secretary of Uzbekistan’s Communist party — the republic’s top position — in 1989. When the Soviet Union collapsed, he became president, a position he maintained for the next 25 years through sporadic elections that international observers decried as undemocratic.

    He became one of the world’s most brutal dictators, jailing and torturing thousands of his critics. In 2005, Uzbek security forces fired at largely unarmed protesters in Andijan, in the country’s fertile Fergana valley. The government announced a death toll of 187, but witnesses and nongovernment organisations said that several times that number were killed.

    Observers believe that leading candidates to replace Mr Karimov include Shavkat Mirziyoyev, the prime minister, and Rustam Azimov, the deputy prime minister and finance minister. Rustam Inoyatov, the 72-year-old head of the security services, is widely seen as the power behind the Uzbek throne and is likely to have a key role in any succession.

    Ms Karimova-Tillyaeva herself has also on occasion been rumoured as a potential successor. Her older sister, Gulnara Karimova, was once a favourite to succeed her father but has suffered a dramatic fall in grace amid international corruption investigations into her business dealings.
     
    JustLeb

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    he doesn't deserve a thread
    but know that Shimon Peres, the butcher of Qana, Mansouri etc.... died
     
    baloo

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    he doesn't deserve a thread
    but know that Shimon Peres, the butcher of Qana, Mansouri etc.... died

    عبر الرئيس الفلسطيني محمود عباس عن اسفه وحزنه لوفاة الرئيس الاسرائيلي السابق شيمون بيريز، وقال انه "كان شريكا في صنع سلام الشجعان" مع الزعيم الفلسطيني الراحل ياسر عرفات.


    Et comme les Libanais sont plus royalistes que le Roi :

    علّق وزير الصحة العامة وائل أبو فاعور في تصريح، على موت شيمون بيريز بالقول: "ألف لعنة على روحه، ولو في الجحيم، وكنت أتمنى له ميتة تليق بجرائمه ضد العرب والفلسطينيين، عزاؤنا الوحيد ان الشيطان سيفرح كثيرا وقد انضم نظيره اليه".
     
    TayyarBeino

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    داخلية تركيا: 39 قتيلا و69 مصابا في هجوم مسلح فجرا على ملهى في إسطنبول

    الأحد 01 كانون الثاني 2017 آخر تحديث 09:06

    Elnashra











    أعلن وزير الداخلية التركي
    سليمان صويلو أن "الاعتداء الذي استهدف ملهى ليلياً في اسطنبول خلال الاحتفالات بعيد رأس السنة أوقع 39 قتيلاً من بينهم 16 أجنبياً وأدى الى جرح 69 شخصا من بينهم 4 إصابتهم خطيرة"، مؤكدا أن "الشرطة لا تزال تبحث عن منفذه وآمل أن يتم القبض عليه سريعاً". ولفت الى أنه تم تحديد هويات 21 ضحية ومن بينهم 16 أجنبياً و5 أتراك.



    وأفادت وسائل إعلامية أن مسلحا هاجم الملهى الليلي متخفيا في زي "بابا نويل"، ونلقت وكالة "دوغان" التركية عن شهود عيان قولهم إنهم سمعوا منفذي الاعتداء يصرخون بكلمات عربية.





    وكان عمدة اسطنبول، فاسيب شاهين، قد أعلن في وقت سابق أن هجوماً على ملهى ليلي في المدينة التركية في ساعة مبكرة من الاحتفالات بالعام الميلادي الجديد أسفر عن قتلى وجرحى، واصفاً الهجوم بأنه "عمل إرهابي"، فيما رجحت مصادر تحصن أحد المسلحين المهاجمين داخل المبنى وتأهب قوات الشرطة الخاصة للتعامل معه.



    ويقع الملهى الشهير المذكور في وسط اسطنبول بحي "أورتاكوي" وهو أحد الأحياء الراقية والمتميزة في المدينة. ويطل الملهى على الجانب الأوروبي لخليج البوسفور الذي يقسم اسطنبول. وقال تلفزيون

    "NTV"

    التركي إن بعض المحتفلين قفزوا في المياه هربا من إطلاق النار وإن الشرطة أنقذتهم.

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    أفادت معلومات لقناة الـ"
    LBC"
    عن إصابة 5 لبنانيين بالهجوم الارهابي على ملهى ليلي في
    اسطنبول"، موضحة أن "الجرحى الخمسة جميعهم في مستشفى واحد، بينهم اثنين بحاجة لعملية جراحية".
    وناشد الجرحى اللبنانيون في اسطنبول السلطات اللبنانية التدخل والطلب من القنصلية هناك والسفارة في أنقرة إيفاد من يطلع على أوضاعهم.


    بدورها أفادت اذاعة "صوت لبنان" عن فقدان الشاب الياس خليل ورديني (مواليد عام 1990) الذي كان يحتفل مع رفاقه ليلة رأس السنة في الملهى الذي ارتكبت فيه المجزرة في اسطنبول، وأكدت شقيقته ميرنا ورديني في حديث للاذعة "أننا فقدنا الاتصال بالياس عند الساعة الثانية فجرا ورفاقه يحاولون البحث عنه في المستشفى ولدى الشرطة".
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    ذكرت المؤسسة اللبنانية للإرسال
    LBCI
    أن اللبنانيين المصابين في هجوم اسطنبول الإرهابي هم:

    السيد نضال بشراوي وهو خضع لعملية في كتفه.

    السيد فرنسوا بشارة وقد خضع لعملية في رجله.

    شاب من آل هيكل.

    بالإضافة إلى كريمة النائب اسطفان الدويهي.
     
    Kizzeb2019

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    Ex russian deputy of Duma who flee Russian federation and who criticized Putin was assassinated in cEnter kiev .
    Denis Voronenkov RIP
     
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    Egypt Upgrades To Dolphin Light
    January 11, 2017: At the end of 2016 Egypt received the first of four Type 209 submarines from manufacturer. These German built boats displace 1,300 tons, are 59 meters (183 feet) long, have eight torpedo tubes, and carry 14 torpedoes (or anti-ship missiles) and a crew of 36. Top speed on the surface is 21 kilometers an hour and twice that submerged. That speed difference is because of the tear-drop shape hull, which the 209 was among the first diesel-electric boats to adopt it. The 209s can operate for up to 50 days on internal fuel and supplies. Operating with a snorkel (a periscope like device which allows the diesel engine to be use while submerged) they can operate for 30 days. Operating submerged on battery power they can operate for about 100 hours (moving at 7 kilometers an hour, a third of the cruising speed while using the diesels). Max depth is 500 meters (1,600 feet).

    These are world class subs that first appeared in the early 1970s and are still in production. Only two of the 61 put into service have been retired because these boats proved quite durable and amenable to refurbishment and upgrades. Currently Type 209s cost $500-600 million each, depending on how you equip them.

    These 209s replace four Chinese Type 033s acquired in the mid-1980s and were refurbished and upgraded by the United States in the late 1990s. Neighbor Israel has six Dolphin class subs, which replaced older German Type 206s by 2002. These are much upgraded Type 209s. The first one entered service in 1999 and the fifth one in 2016. The sixth one is under construction. The first three were 1,600 ton boats, the second three were 2,100 ton subs that were more advanced than the Type 2012.

     
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    Pro-Erdogan Group Attacks Peaceful Protesters in D.C. (Updated)

    Crazy videos at this link

    Breaking: Pro-Erdogan Group Attacks Peaceful Protesters in D.C. (Updated) | The Armenian Weekly

    WASHINGTON (A.W.)—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.



    According to several sources, nine people were taken to the hospital and two others were arrested after the violent confrontation.

    “[This was] the type of violence you would never expect to see in America’s capital. It was the type of violence you’d expect to see in Erdogan’s Turkey and in other dictatorships,” said Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Executive Director Aram Hamparian, who captured parts of the attack and streamed the aftermath live on the ANCA’s Facebook page. “This is the very type of intolerance that has come to predominate in Turkey and it has now been exported here,” he added.

    The demonstration, which began at Lafayette Square at noon, was organized by a coalition of organizations, including the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) and the American Hellenic Council. Several different groups, which included representatives from the Armenian, Greek, Kurdish, Yezidi, and Assyrian communities, participated in the protest, while President Erdogan met with U.S. President Donald Trump a the White House.

    The U.S. State Department is working with D.C. police and the U.S. Secret Service to identify Erdogan’s security personnel who were involved in the incident. “We will continue to work with our partners at the United States State Department and United States Secret Service to identify and hold all subjects accountable for their involvement in the altercation,” read a statement from the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department.

    “I saw a group of peaceful protesters in Sheridan Circle—a grassy area across from the Turkish Ambassador’s residence—who were protesting and exercising their constitutional right to speak their minds, to hold signs, to share their opinions, and express their views get rushed from across the street by a group of a pro-Erdogan [demonstrators], who broke through the police lines and attacked literally anybody within their reach with their fists and anything else they could get a hold of,” Hamparian said in the live video moments after the attack. Hamparian went on to explain that the crowd of Erdogan supporters beat as many people as they could and that many were bloodied and had to be taken to the hospital.

    Below is video footage of the incident, provided by the Baltimore Bloc.

    “This is exactly the type of violence you see in Ankara and they are exporting it here. It’s one thing for the Turkish government to do that to its own citizens—[which is] a terrible thing. It is another thing for us, as Americans, to see that exported to the United States,” Hamparian said.

    On May 17, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser issued the following statement regarding the violent confrontation:

    “What we saw yesterday—a violent attack on a peaceful demonstration—is an affront to D.C. values and our rights as Americans. I strongly condemn these actions and have been briefed by Chief Newsham on our response. The Metropolitan Police Department will continue investigating the incident and will work with federal partners to ensure justice is served.”

    Below is close-up video footage of the attack provided by Voice of America.

    D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham called the incident “brutal attack on peaceful protesters,” during a press conference on May 17.

    Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power also condemned the attack in a Tweet hours after the incident. “Clearly Erdogan’s guards feel complete impunity, drawing on tools of repression they use at home and knowing he has their back, no matter what,” Power tweeted.
     
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    Pro-Erdogan Group Attacks Peaceful Protesters in D.C. (Updated)

    Crazy videos at this link

    Breaking: Pro-Erdogan Group Attacks Peaceful Protesters in D.C. (Updated) | The Armenian Weekly

    WASHINGTON (A.W.)—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.



    According to several sources, nine people were taken to the hospital and two others were arrested after the violent confrontation.

    “[This was] the type of violence you would never expect to see in America’s capital. It was the type of violence you’d expect to see in Erdogan’s Turkey and in other dictatorships,” said Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) Executive Director Aram Hamparian, who captured parts of the attack and streamed the aftermath live on the ANCA’s Facebook page. “This is the very type of intolerance that has come to predominate in Turkey and it has now been exported here,” he added.

    The demonstration, which began at Lafayette Square at noon, was organized by a coalition of organizations, including the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) and the American Hellenic Council. Several different groups, which included representatives from the Armenian, Greek, Kurdish, Yezidi, and Assyrian communities, participated in the protest, while President Erdogan met with U.S. President Donald Trump a the White House.

    The U.S. State Department is working with D.C. police and the U.S. Secret Service to identify Erdogan’s security personnel who were involved in the incident. “We will continue to work with our partners at the United States State Department and United States Secret Service to identify and hold all subjects accountable for their involvement in the altercation,” read a statement from the D.C. Metropolitan Police Department.

    “I saw a group of peaceful protesters in Sheridan Circle—a grassy area across from the Turkish Ambassador’s residence—who were protesting and exercising their constitutional right to speak their minds, to hold signs, to share their opinions, and express their views get rushed from across the street by a group of a pro-Erdogan [demonstrators], who broke through the police lines and attacked literally anybody within their reach with their fists and anything else they could get a hold of,” Hamparian said in the live video moments after the attack. Hamparian went on to explain that the crowd of Erdogan supporters beat as many people as they could and that many were bloodied and had to be taken to the hospital.

    Below is video footage of the incident, provided by the Baltimore Bloc.

    “This is exactly the type of violence you see in Ankara and they are exporting it here. It’s one thing for the Turkish government to do that to its own citizens—[which is] a terrible thing. It is another thing for us, as Americans, to see that exported to the United States,” Hamparian said.

    On May 17, D.C. Mayor Muriel Bowser issued the following statement regarding the violent confrontation:

    “What we saw yesterday—a violent attack on a peaceful demonstration—is an affront to D.C. values and our rights as Americans. I strongly condemn these actions and have been briefed by Chief Newsham on our response. The Metropolitan Police Department will continue investigating the incident and will work with federal partners to ensure justice is served.”

    Below is close-up video footage of the attack provided by Voice of America.

    D.C. Police Chief Peter Newsham called the incident “brutal attack on peaceful protesters,” during a press conference on May 17.

    Former U.S. Ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power also condemned the attack in a Tweet hours after the incident. “Clearly Erdogan’s guards feel complete impunity, drawing on tools of repression they use at home and knowing he has their back, no matter what,” Power tweeted.
    I'm assuming the security personnel are foreign and with diplomatic immunity -- I hope it gets revoked and they are charged and sentenced accordingly.
     
    Indie

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    I'm assuming the security personnel are foreign and with diplomatic immunity -- I hope it gets revoked and they are charged and sentenced accordingly.
    They don't even hide their true colors anymore. Let the world see who they are.
     
    Indie

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    I'm assuming the security personnel are foreign and with diplomatic immunity -- I hope it gets revoked and they are charged and sentenced accordingly.
    Breaking: House Unanimously Condemns Erdogan-Ordered Attack on Protesters




    WASHINGTON—With a vote of 397 to 0, the U.S. House of Representatives Tuesday unanimously condemned Turkey, sharply criticizing the brutal May 16th Erdogan-ordered attack against peaceful protesters in Washington DC, reported the Armenian National Committee of America. H.Res.354 represents a powerful stand against Ankara’s attempts to export its violence and intolerance to America’s shores.

    “With today’s vote, Congress started rolling back Ankara’s occupation of Washington, DC,” said ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian. “After far too many years of appeasing Ankara – turning a blind eye to its genocidal horrors, abuses at home, and aggression abroad – the United States, starting with the House of Representatives – today turned an important corner, challenging Turkey’s violence and confronting its increasingly anti-American conduct.”

    H.Res.354 was spearheaded by House Foreign Affairs Committee Chairman Ed Royce (R-CA), Ranking Democrat Eliot Engel (D-NY), House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) and Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) and received the public backing of House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) prior to the vote.

    Chairman Royce led floor discussion of the measure, noting, “the violent attacks by officers assigned to Turkish President Erdogan’s security detail against peaceful protesters back on May 16 were designed to do one thing: they were designed to silence those protesters’ criticism of the Turkish government. And that is why it is so important that we speak out. We must speak loudly and clearly that we will protect our citizens, our citizens and their fundamental rights to free speech and to assembly.”

    House Democratic Whip Steny Hoyer (D-MD) was adamant in his condemnation of the attacks. “It should be clear to Turkey and to all nations that we will oppose any attempt to suppress dissent or the freedom of speech. That is why that is in the first amendment to the Constitution of the United States. Because our founding fathers and, frankly, those who follow western values and, yes, some eastern values believe that free speech is the absolute essential for democracy to succeed and flourish.”

    Maryland Congressman Sarbanes called for a complete re-evaluation of the US-Turkey relationship, noting that the incident “unmasked President Erdogan for the bully he is . . . It reflects a deeply imbedded reflex that in the modern era has brought the world, among other things, the unlawful invasion and occupation of Cyprus, the Armenian Genocide and the violent repression of the Kurdish people.” complete re-evaluation of the U.S. Relationship with Turkey. We cannot pretend that it is business as usual with a foreign leader that has attacked our nation’s most cher cherished democratic value — cherished democratic values on our very own soil.”

    DC Delegate Eleanor Holmes Norton expressed particular concern that the beatings are part of a pattern or repression by President Erdogan’s bodyguards. “A similar incident occurred about a half dozen years ago at the united nations. Same head of state. Same thugs attacking peaceful protesters. Last year, just this past year, there was an attack on journalists outside of the Brookings institute. So if we don’t tell them it’s time to stop when we had the third attack, they will persist, that is for sure.”

    New York Congressman Adriano Espaillat (D-CA), “Erdogan simply decided to treat Americans the way he treats his own people. His guards even had the nerve to attack law enforcement officials who were protecting him and his delegation. This behavior cannot stand. And the resolution before us sends a clear, decisive message that congress won’t tolerate it.”

    Ted Poe, a Republican Congressman from Texas, in an email to Asbarez that Erdogan’s brand of “tyranny” had no room in the United Staes.

    ““Turkey’s dictator Erdogan tried to bring his tyranny to our doorstep last month. Erdogan stood by and watched as his thugs brutally attacked peaceful American protestors outside the Turkish Ambassador’s residence. They were demonstrating against the Turkish government’s ongoing crackdown on human rights and free speech. I am proud to cosponsor H. Res. 354 condemning this vicious attack and sending a message that this show of force will not be tolerated in the United States of America. No foreign dictator will violate the rights of Americans on American soil with impunity. These protesters should to return to the Turkish Ambassador’s residence and exercise their rights protected under our Constitution. Democracy will always prevail over tyranny. And that’s just the way it is.” Rep. Poe has been among the most strident in condemning the attacks, urging colleagues to join him in protests in front of the Turkish Embassy during House Foreign Affairs Committee consideration of the measure,” said Poe.

    “Why was Erdogan so emboldened? Because we have had an American government that is coward for generations rather than recognize the Armenian Genocide,” said Rep. Brad Sherman in an email to Asbarez. “If we are so weak that we engage — that we are a party to genocide denial, who should respect our laws or our sovereignty or think that they’ll pay any price for anything they do here in our country?’

    “Finally, the actions of those thugs have been compounded by the lies of the Turkish ambassador,” added Sherman.

    “It’s outrageous that Erdogan and his thugs felt they could beat up peaceful protesters on the streets of Washington. We don’t need him exporting his violence and repressive tactics to the United States,” Democratic Rep. David Cicilline from Illinois, who helped lead last week’s House Foreign Affairs Committee hearing into the attacks, told Asbarez in an email. “I’m pleased that the House took this initial step today. Moving forward, we must make clear to Erdogan that freedom of speech is the law of the land in this country.”

    ANCA Executive Director Aram Hamparian was videotaping live at the scene of the May 16th attack, which took place in front of the Turkish Ambassador’s residence where President Erdogan was scheduled to have a closed-door meeting with representatives of The Atlantic Council, a leading think tank in Washington, DC which receives funding from Turkey. Hamparian’s video showed pro-Erdogan forces crossing a police line and beating peaceful protesters – elderly men and several women – who were on the ground bleeding during most of the attack. Hamparian testified before a May 25th Foreign Affairs Subcommittee hearing on this matter. Joining him at the hearing were Ms. Lusik Usoyan, Founder and President of the Ezidi Relief Fund; Mr. Murat Yusa, a local businessman and protest organizer; and Ms. Ruth Wedgwood, Edward B. Burling Professor of International Law and Diplomacy, at Johns Hopkins University School of Advanced International Studies. Usoyan and Yusa were victims of the brutal assault on May 16th by President Erdogan’s bodyguards.

    ANCA live footage of the attack served as source video for CNN, AP, The Washington Post, The Daily Caller and other major media, transforming the violent incident into a global spotlight on Erdogan’s attempt to export his intolerance and aggression to American shores.

    The Sunday, June 4th edition of The New York Times featured a two-page center-spread investigative report on the May 16th attack, with online version of the coverage translated to Turkish and shared widely on social media. The ANCA is cited by The New York Times as a source for this report.

    The May 16th protest in front of the Turkish Ambassador’s residence was a continuation of a demonstration held earlier in the day in front of the White House, co-hosted by the ANCA. As President Trump met with President Erdogan. human rights and religious rights groups were joined by representatives of the Kurdish, Yezidi and Armenian communities to call attention to the Erdogan regime’s escalating repression against free press, the Kurdish and other ethnic communities, as well as Turkey’s ongoing obstruction of justice for the Armenian Genocide.

    The Text of H.Res.354 is provided below.

    Condemning the violence against peaceful protesters outside the Turkish Ambassador’s residence on May 16, 2017, and calling for the perpetrators to be brought to justice and measures to be taken to prevent similar incidents in the future.

    IN THE HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES

    Mr. ROYCE of California (for himself, Mr. ENGEL, Mr. MCCARTHY, and Mr. HOYER) submitted the following resolution; which was referred to the Committee on Foreign Affairs

    RESOLUTION

    Condemning the violence against peaceful protesters outside the Turkish Ambassador’s residence on May 16, 2017, and calling for the perpetrators to be brought to justice and measures to be taken to prevent similar incidents in the future.

    Whereas on May 16, 2017, President Donald J. Trump hosted President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, a longstanding NATO ally, for an official meeting at the White House to discuss counter-terrorism cooperation and bilateral issues;

    Whereas on the evening of May 16, 2017, over two dozen protesters gathered outside of the Turkish Ambassador’s residence in Washington, D.C., to demonstrate opposition to Turkish Government policies;

    Whereas after hours of peaceful protest, violence erupted when pro-Erdogan supporters and individuals from the Turkish Embassy grounds pushed past District of Columbia police officers to brutally attack the demonstrators;

    Whereas those Turkish officials blatantly suppressed the First Amendment rights of United States citizens, and multiple armed Turkish security officials beat, kicked, and choked unarmed demonstrators;

    Whereas multiple video recordings of the violence and reports by the Metropolitan Police Department of the District of Columbia and the Department of State confirm that the demonstrators did not instigate the violence;

    Whereas at least 11 individuals were seriously injured in the ensuing brawl, with two individuals requiring immediate hospitalization;

    Whereas two armed Turkish security officers attached to a security detail were detained at the scene for physically assaulting Federal agents;

    Whereas those two Turkish security officers were later re- leased and subsequently allowed to leave the United States because they held Derived Head of State immunity;
    Whereas the Department of State did not request that Turkey waive the immunity for these two security officers in order to fully investigate the assault prior to their being released from custody;

    Whereas a joint criminal investigation into the incident is on- going with the combined efforts of the Washington Metropolitan Police Department, the United States Secret Service, and the Department of State Diplomatic Security Service;

    Whereas at no point was President Erdogan in danger;

    Whereas immunity for diplomatic personnel and certain other foreign officials is a core principle, as is the right to pro- test peacefully and freely in the United States;

    Whereas this is the third instance of violence perpetrated by members of Turkish President Erdogan’s security detail in United States territory;

    Whereas in 2011, a brawl erupted in the halls of the United Nations General Assembly between members of Turkish President Erdogan’s security detail and United Nations security officers, resulting in one United Nations security officer being hospitalized due to serious injuries;

    Whereas in 2016, members of Turkish President Erdogan’s security detail engaged in unwarranted violence against journalists reporting on an event at the Brookings Institution;

    Whereas Secretary of State Rex Tillerson said on May 21, 2017, that the violence outside the Turkish Embassy was ‘‘outrageous’’ and ‘‘simply unacceptable’’; and

    Whereas the right to assembly, peaceful protest, and freedom of speech are essential and protected rights in the United States: Now, therefore, be it

    Resolved, That it is the sense of the House of Representatives that—

    (1) the rights to peacefully assemble and freely express one’s views are essential to the fabric of
    American democracy;

    (2) the Turkish security forces acted in an un-professional and brutal manner, reflecting poorly on President Erdogan and the Government of Turkey;

    (3) any Turkish security officials who directed, oversaw, or participated in efforts by Turkish security forces to illegally suppress peaceful protests on May 16, 2017, should be charged and prosecuted under United States law;

    (4) the United States Secret Service and the Diplomatic Security Service of the Department of State should review this incident and confirm with the Turkish National Police the standards expected by visiting security details to prevent future violent incidents;

    (5) the Department of State should immediately request the waiver of immunity of any Turkish security detail official engaged in assault in the United States prior to release of that individual from custody;

    (6) the Department of State should conduct a review of its own security procedures to determine how to mitigate the likelihood of such an event in the future;

    (7) the United States’ respect for free speech requires officials of the United States to speak out against such incidents; and

    (8) the United States should take steps to strengthen freedoms for the press and civil society in countries such as Turkey, and combat efforts by foreign leaders to suppress free and peaceful protest in their own countries.

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