9 hurt, 2 arrested in altercation at Turkish Embassy in DC

Jay Anderson
May 18, 2017

The Turkish leader on Tuesday negotiated what could have been a fraught White House encounter with President Donald Trump with some success but, as he pursued his Washington visit, chaos erupted.

USA officials expressed outrage on Wednesday after a "brutal attack" on protesters by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's bodyguards cast a dark pall over his visit to Washington. Other videos showed bloodied protesters on the ground. Almost a dozen people were injured.

"The Metropolitan Police Department will continue investigating the incident and will work with federal partners to ensure justice is served", she added. He said by phone that emergency personnel were called to the residence about 4:30pm Tuesday.

On Wednesday, the State Department said "violence is never an appropriate response to free speech".

During private discussions, Trump and Vice President Mike Pence "raised the incarceration of Pastor Andrew Brunson and asked that the Turkish Government expeditiously return him to the United States", the White House said in a statement. Erdogan's bodyguards did not appreciate this move and chose to pummel the protesters in broad daylight...on Embassy Row. And if so, it's part of an unfortunate theme that surrounds many of his trips overseas.

Tharoor talked to NPR's Audie Cornish during Wednesday's All Things Considered. There have been incidents involving his security detail in Ecuador.

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Others were seen holding placards in support of jailed Turkish political figure Selahattin Demirtas, who is a strong opponent of Erdogan.

Ankara has issued an extradition request for Gulen's alleged endorsement of the failed military coup against Erdogan a year ago, but the request is still under study by the United States judiciary.

Two people were taken to a hospital with serious injuries, a D.C. fire department representative said.

USA officials have criticized the Turkish government over violence outside its ambassador's residence in Washington. "The Turkish-Americans responded in self-defense and one of them was seriously injured".

The White House on Tuesday defended Trump discussing with Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov and Ambassador to the U.S. Sergey Kislyak an Islamic State group terror threat related to the use of laptop computers on aircraft. Verbal confrontations between the two groups turned to violent skirmishes. One group appeared to charge past the police and across the street, where they beat the protesters as police rushed to intervene.

Putin dismissed the US politicians, whom he did not identify, as either being "stupid" or "dangerous and unscrupulous" who are wittingly "causing the damage to their own country".

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