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May 25, 2017—No. 24 (202) 785-8430

AHI Commends Congressman Bilirakis for Demanding Justice for Protesters Attacked by Turkish Security Detail

WASHINGTON, DC — U.S. Representative Gus M. Bilirakis (R-FL), co-chair, Congressional Caucus on Hellenic Issues, and co-chair, Congressional Hellenic Israeli Alliance, spearheaded a letter to the Trump administration demanding justice for the Americans attacked by Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s security detail.  The letter, co-authored by House Foreign Affairs Chairman Emeritus Ileana Ros-Lehtinen (R-FL), calls for Turkish personnel based in the U.S. or Turkey who were involved in the attacks be expelled immediately and barred from entering the U.S. in the future. Forty U.S. representatives signed the letter.

“AHI thanks Congressman Bilirakis for taking the lead to demand justice in this brutal attack by President Erdogan’s security detail upon Americans who were protesting peacefully,” AHI President Nick Larigakis said. “AHI appreciates all the members who signed the letter in a strong show of bipartisan support for the protection of First Amendment rights and rejection of intolerable behavior condoned by the Turkish government.”

The American Hellenic Institute is an independent non-profit Greek American public policy center and think tank that works to strengthen relations between the United States and Greece and Cyprus, and within the Greek American community.



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