Unacceptable violence from Turkish guards
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