Why We Should Be Talking About The Attacks On American Citizens At The Turkish Embassy
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Why We Should Be Talking About The Attacks On American Citizens At The Turkish Embassy

All Americans should be fighting for the right to peacefully protest without fear.

Why We Should Be Talking About The Attacks On American Citizens At The Turkish Embassy
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In order to properly talk about the outrage people have over an event, everyone needs a basic idea of the event I will be speaking about. In case you did not already know, here is the basic outline of this attack. This past week, the Turkish President, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, was in the United States to meet with President Donald Trump about different foreign affairs. During this visit, he stayed at the Turkish embassy, where many people went to protest on a few topics, like the President's politics.

This group of protestors appears to have been mostly Kurdish, with a few supporters of the Turkish President also being present at the time of the attack. The group was calmly protesting outside of the embassy, according to witnesses, when Erdoğan's bodyguards attacked the group. After this incident, nine people were injured, and two were arrested, however, none of those detained were Turkish guards.

Now, regardless of the reasoning behind the protestors actions, or whether you agree with what they were protesting, every American citizen should be outraged by this event. Americans were attacked on their own soil by visiting foreign security. These peaceful protestors were harmed while doing something that is protected by the First Amendment to the United States Constitution. The police chief of Washington DC has stated that the attack was unprovoked, meaning there was no dangerous or obvious threat that these bodyguards were responding to. Rather what is seen in this incident, is that a foreign power came to the United States as guests, and then attacked it's citizens on their own home soil, for doing something that is completely legal and is, in fact, a given right to each citizen.

President Donald Trump has not yet responded to this incident, which has been frustrating for many people across the country. Senator John McCain spoke out against the attack, stating that he is outraged by this event, and that "We should throw their ambassador the hell out of the United States of America". Despite the outrage that people have, it is unlikely that the Turkish bodyguards that were involved will face any repercussions for their actions.

Foreign security details are protected under diplomatic immunity afforded to their countries' leaders, so, unfortunately, even though protesters' feel as if their civil rights were disregarded, under international laws, there is not a lot of resources that could bring justice. There is also the fact that, while it is unclear how much of this attack was on embassy soil, embassy properties are not under the United States jurisdictions.This is where the American people should stand up for what is right.

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