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WASHINGTON, DC - House Democratic Whip Steny H. Hoyer (MD) delivered remarks on the House Floor today in support of a resolution he introduced condemning attacks by Turkish security personnel against peaceful protesters outside the Turkish Ambassador's residence in Washington, DC. Below is a video and his remarks as prepared for delivery:
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“Mr. Speaker, I rise in support of this resolution, which I’m proud to have introduced along with the Majority Leader, Ranking Member Engel, and Chairman Royce.
“The assault on nonviolent demonstrators here in our nation's capital on May 16 by Turkish security personnel was an outrage.
“Our resolution makes it clear: the United States will not tolerate violence against peaceful protesters on our shores, and those responsible must face justice.
“Turkey remains a critical NATO ally, but I am extremely concerned by the fact that this is the third such incident in recent years, marking a pattern of violence by Turkish security personnel in the United States.
“Our resolution calls on the State Department to take appropriate actions to ensure the Turkish government understands that we will not allow this to happen again.
“There must be consequences to this unprovoked attack on peaceful American citizens in their own country, and those responsible should be charged and prosecuted in the United States.
“It should be clear to Turkey and to all nations that we will oppose any attempt to suppress dissent or the freedom of speech.
“I thank my colleagues for their work on this resolution, and I urge every Member of this House to join us in passing it.”