According to witnesses, a brawl erupted while Erdoğan’s safety detail attacked protesters sporting the flag of the Kurdish PYD birthday celebration outdoor the residence. A nearby NBC television associate reported Erdoğan turned into inside the building at the time.
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Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Dustin Sternbeck stated the altercation broke out among two agencies but he didn’t difficult on the situations. He stated human beings were arrested, inclusive of one that was charged with assaulting a police officer.
“All of the unexpected they simply ran toward us,” Yazidi Kurd demonstrator Lucy Usoyan informed ABC, adding that she became attached by using a pro-Erdoğan supporter.
“Someone became beating me within the head nonstop, and I concept, ‘Okay, I’m on the floor already, what is the motive to overcome me?’”
The altercation got here the identical day that Erdoğan met Donald Trump at the White House. The State Department declined to comment.
Earlier Trump and Erdoğan had stood facet by way of aspect on the White House and promised to strengthen strained ties no matter the Turkish chief’s stern caution about Washington’s arming of Kurdish armed forces.
Fresh from securing his grip on Turkey with a referendum to beautify his powers, Erdoğan came to the Oval Office with lawsuits approximately US assist for Kurdish fighters and what Ankara says is Washington’s harboring of the mastermind of a failed coup.
US voices ‘most powerful feasible’ challenge over violence throughout Erdoğan’s visit
But each leader also tried to place a courageous face on their variations and to renew a key alliance among Nato’s leading strength and its biggest Muslim member, companions within the fight in opposition to the Islamic State group in Syria and Iraq.
“It is honestly unacceptable to take the YPG-PYD into consideration as partners in the vicinity, and it’s going in opposition to a global settlement we reached,” Erdoğan said, regarding the Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Units (YPG) in Syria.
“In an identical manner, we need to never allow those groups who need to alternate the ethnic or spiritual systems inside the region to apply terrorism as a pretext,” he added, suggesting that the Kurds were the use of the anti-Isis combat as the cowl for separatist nationalism.Nine people were hurt and two arrests were made during an altercation at the Turkish ambassador’s residence in the US capital during a visit by Turkey’s president we have a small favour to ask. More people are reading the Guardian than ever but advertising revenues across the media are falling fast. And unlike many news organisations, we haven’t put up a paywall – we want to keep our journalism as open as we can. So you can see why we need to ask for your help. The Guardian’s independent, investigative journalism takes a lot of time, money and hard work to produce. But we do it because we believe our perspective matters – because it might well be your perspective, too.