Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Health | By Jay Jacobs

USA condemns Turkish bodyguards' attack on protesters

Turkey and the United States have disagreed over USA plans to arm Kurdish fighters.

The anti-Erdogan demonstrators included Kurdish and Armenian groups, both of which have long-standing grievances with Turkey.

Tuesday's brawl harkens back to Erdogan's visit to Washington, March 2016.

A protest outside the Turkish ambassador's residence turned violent. The footage shows some victims covered in blood.

The Turkish government and Washington's mayor traded blame Wednesday for violence outside Turkey's embassy, where President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security staff broke up an anti-government protest.

Mr Erdogan heaped praise on his host - saying Mr Trump had presided over a "legendary triumph" after last year's elections - but reiterated his objections to the U.S. partnership with the YPG.

In return, Trump may have had to give Erdogan assurances that Gulen will be closely monitored while the USA courts examine an extradition request and pledge that Washington will eventually endorse a Turkish offensive against PKK bases in Sinjar, northern Iraq. Welcome to the program. A man with a bullhorn is repeatedly kicked in the face. The video depicted counter-demonstrators in dark suits descending on the protesters, some from the direction of the embassy. "I had heard many stories of protests in Turkey". He added that some members of the pro-Erdogan group were carrying firearms, which made it more hard for the police to contain the scene.

The background of the two men arrested wasn't immediately clear.

Showing complete disregard for American laws, Erdogan's security detail is seen storming through a police barrier to disrupt and attempt to shut down the peaceful protest.

CORNISH: What do you mean by that?

A similar skirmish occurred a year ago in D.C. while Erdogan was giving a speech outside the Brookings Institute. There have been incidents involving his security detail in Ecuador.

The protesters were chanting anti-Erdogan slogans as he entered the embassy yesterday after meeting with President Donald Trump, Turkey's official Anadolu news agency reported. The men allegedly had accompanied the controversial Turkish leader as part of his official retinue during his visit to the United States.

THAROOR: We'll see. I mean, I think it's really important to keep in mind that Erdogan in a sense thrives off these kinds of moments.

Erdoğan also said he was "very frankly communicating our expectations" regarding the extradition of Poconos cleric Fethullah Gülen, a political opponent in exile whom he accuses of orchestrating last summer's failed coup.

"A few police officers stood between us", Flint said.

"I hope you can see your way clear to letting this go, to letting Flynn go", Trump is accused of telling Comey, according to the memo written by the former Federal Bureau of Investigation chief, who was sacked last week. How will this all work?

Washington, D.C. police appeared to struggle to contain the incident. Police believe "there could be a diplomatic immunity issue". So I don't anticipate any particular extensive prosecutions here. Yet U.S. allies and some members of Congress expressed concern bordering on alarm.

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