Contact(s): AshLee Strong, Doug Andres

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

“The violent crackdown on peaceful protesters by Turkish security forces was completely indefensible, and the Erdogan government’s response was wholly inadequate. Turkey is an important NATO ally, but its leaders must fully condemn and apologize for this brutal behavior against innocent civilians exercising their First Amendment rights. In the meantime, we stand fully committing to helping bring all those responsible to justice. I want to thank Chairman Royce, Ranking Member Engel, and all members of the Foreign Affairs Committee for taking swift action on this issue.”

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