After a White House meeting between Erdogan and Trump, Kurdish protesters clashed with Pro-Erdogan supporters and part of his security detail. The scuffle left nine wounded, and two arrested.
The clash occurred while Turkey’s president, Erdogan was in the embassy, and started off as a pro-Turkish demonstration. According to witnesses, pro-Kurdish PYD protesters joined in what became a standoff, with both sides throwing insults at the other. Kurdish PYD is considered a terrorist group by Turkey. Erdogan visit follows complaints from the Turkish government over the US’s support of the Kurdish forces.
Things turned violent once what is believed to be Erdogan’s security detail rushed the pro-Kurdish protesters. A video from Voice of America shows the encounter.
A demonstration outside the Turkish Embassy in northwest Washington led to nine people being injured, and two arrested pic.twitter.com/6SQTlQAUaa
— The Voice of America (@VOANews) May 17, 2017
A Facebook video shows a different angle of the attacks, including bloodied protesters.
A protester told CNN they were demonstrating against Erdogan’s regional policies, accusing the president of engaging in suppression of free speech in Turkey. He also accused the pro-Erdogan protesters with breaching police lines to attack them on several occasions.
“They stopped us for a few minutes … but we still stayed and continued to protest Erdogan’s tyrannical regime.”
Just a few hours before, during his meeting with Trump, president Recep Tayyip Erdogan said “the relations between Turkey and the United States have been erected upon common democratic values and common interests.”
Erdogan was seen leaving the embassy later that day. Protests had calmed down by then.
— John Henry (@JohnHenryWUSA) May 16, 2017