US Condemns Turkey’s Violent Crackdown on Peaceful Demonstrators

House speaker Paul Ryan

WASHINGTON — House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) issued the following statement after the House passed H. Res. 354, legislation condemning violence against protesters outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence on May 16, 2017:

“Today, the House sent an unequivocal message that violence against peaceful demonstrators will not be tolerated. The blame for this assault lies with the Turkish government alone. I urge Ankara to finally accept responsibility for this egregious incident and apologize to those who were harmed. With the leadership of Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel, and members on both sides of the aisle, our resolve to defend the First Amendment and condemn suppression is stronger than ever.”

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