Un­ac­cept­able vi­o­lence from Turk­ish guards

The Washington Post Sunday - - SUNDAY OPINION -

Re­gard­ing the May 18 news ar­ti­cle “Turk­ish guards’ vi­o­lence de­nounced”:

A for­eign dic­ta­tor’s guards cross­ing a street in the District to pul­ver­ize peace­ful Amer­i­can pro­test­ers is the most sur­real and bar­baric diplo­matic in­ci­dent I’ve seen on U.S. soil in my 25 years.

A video of the event clearly shows sev­eral Turk­ish guards kick­ing a woman in the head af­ter knock­ing her down. An­other man is re­peat­edly kicked in the face. The pro­test­ers, along with their pur­ple card­board signs, are left bat­tered in the field. Re­fer­ring to this at­tack as a “clash” was a dis­ser­vice to these in­no­cent Amer­i­can vic­tims and soft­ened the ter­ri­fy­ing be­hav­ior of Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan’s guards.

Dis­turbingly, the guards walked away while the si­lenced Amer­i­cans left in am­bu­lances. Ai­dan Hoolachan, El­li­cott City

The May 18 ed­i­to­rial “No, Mr. Er­do­gan, this is not ac­cept­able here” said Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Re­cep Tayyip Er­do­gan ap­par­ently “thought it okay for his thugs to beat up peace­ful pro­test­ers” in the United States.

I com­pletely agree. How­ever, we should not be sur­prised by Mr. Er­do­gan’s se­cu­rity guards’ rough treat­ment of demon­stra­tors. Our me­dia have reg­u­larly pub­lished ar­ti­cles about sim­i­lar ac­tiv­i­ties by our po­lice and se­cu­rity per­son­nel for years. We share with the world how we do things. The im­por­tant ques­tion is: How do we con­vince for­eign­ers that they should do as we say, not as we do?

New­ton Plai­sance, Ijamsville

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