Nine hurt after Erdogan bodyguards brawl with protesters in Washington

Nine hurt after Erdogan bodyguards brawl with protesters in Washington

Nine hurt after Erdogan bodyguards brawl with protesters in Washington

Delivering a statement alongside Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, President Donald Trump said the United States would reestablish its military and economic partnership with Turkey. They've been accused of beating protesters in other countries as well.

Witnesses told AFP that Turkish bodyguards pushed past a Washington police cordon outside the Turkish ambassador's residence and set about the protesters with their fists and feet. The guards surround a middle-aged man who had been kicked to the ground and continuously kick him in the face. In March 2016, while the Turkish leader attended the Nuclear Security Summit at the Brookings Institution, his supporters as well as his security detail clashed with protesters.

Some of the protesters in Tuesday's incident were carrying the flag of the Syrian Kurdish PYD party, a USA -backed group considered a terrorist organization by the Turkish government.

The fighting sprawled into a park across the street as uniformed police officers, some in helmets and swinging collapsible batons, tried to restore order. Among the potential investors who Erdoğan met were top representatives of the Abraaj Group, Cargill, CDPQ, Coca Cola, Dow Chemical, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), International Finance Corporation (IFC), GE Aviation, Glaxo Smith Kline, Lockheed Martin, PepsiCo, Raytheon International, Uber, American Turkish Council and American Chamber of Commerce.

Erdogan responded that there is there is no place for any Kurdish "terrorist organizations" in any agreement about the region's future.

Two suspects - not from Erdogan's detail - were arrested at the scene and 11 people were hurt, nine of them badly enough to receive hospital treatment.

Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said the fighting broke out between two groups but would not elaborate on what led to the altercation.

In a statement, the Turkish Embassy blamed the violence on the demonstrators, saying they were "aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the president".

The biggest dispute between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies in recent days has been the US plans to arm Kurdish Syrian militants to help them fight ISIL.

With the objective of launching an offensive against the IS in Syria, last week, Trump authorized the supply of heavy weapons to the People's Protection Units (YPG), which Ankara considers a terrorist group linked to the PKK.

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