A protest outside of the Turkish Embassy turned violent Tuesday, when the security detail for the Turkish president attacked protesters, leaving many bruised and bloodied. The incident was captured on video (featured below) and shows a chaotic scene.
The protesters were on hand to voice opposition to the policies of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan. Although it is unclear what sparked the violence, Erdogan’s security detail (in suits) can be seen in the video as the clear aggressors. At several points, they knock down protesters and kick them repeatedly, even though they posed no threat.
Protesters are upset over Erdogan’s dictator-like rule, which has suppressed Western-style freedom and emboldened the rise of radical Islam in the country.
Nine people were injured during a protest outside of the residence of the Turkish ambassador in Washington, DC on Tuesday, according to the official Twitter account of Washington, DC fire and EMS department.
About two dozen demonstrators showed up outside of the embassy just hours after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with President Donald Trump at the White House.
“We are protesting (Erdogan’s) policies in Turkey, in Syria and in Iraq,” said Flint Arthur of Baltimore, Maryland.
Arthur accused Erdogan supporters of breaching police lines and attacking protesters on at least three separate occasions.
A Facebook video captured at the scene shows several protesters covered in blood.
“They think they can engage in the same sort of suppression of protest and free speech that they engage in in Turkey,” Arthur said. “They stopped us for a few minutes … but we still stayed and continued to protest Erdogan’s tyrannical regime.”
The victims were transported to George Washington University Hospital.
The incident came as Trump extended a warm welcome to Erdogan, an authoritarian-style leader who had a strained relationship with the previous US administration.
“We’ve had a great relationship and we will make it even better,” Trump said in the Oval Office as he sat beside Erdogan. “We look forward to having very strong and solid discussions.”
The BBC provided this video of the fight.
Here is another angle of the fight, from RT America.