Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Life&Culture | By Rose Hansen

Hospitalized as Violence Erupts Outside Turkish Ambassador's Home

Hospitalized as Violence Erupts Outside Turkish Ambassador's Home

Police intervened to end the violence, and the injured were taken to George Washington University Hospital. Two people were arrested in the scuffle, which also involved D.C. police officers.

Trump capped off the joint statement with Erdogan by calling the meeting with Russian Foreign Minister Sergei Lavrov "very, very successful" from the standpoint of united to fight terrorism - comments that come amid new reports that Trump disclosed potentially highly classified information to Russian emissaries last week.

The video from Voice of America shows what looks like bodyguards rushing a handful of protesters as D.C. police desperately tried to keep order near the Turkish embassy.

"Violence is never an appropriate response to free speech, and we support the rights of people everywhere to free expression and peaceful protest", State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said. Two were arrested, one charged with assaulting a police officer; it is unclear whether those arrested were protesters or members of Erdogan's security detail.

Video footage from the scene shows several people with bloody injuries.

"We are protesting (Erdogan's) policies in Turkey, in Syria and in Iraq", said Flint Arthur of Baltimore, Maryland. The US President had promised to strengthen strained ties despite Erdogan's objections to the US arming of Kurdish fighters.

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While wage growth is picking up, it's well below where the Federal Reserve would like to see it - 3.5 percent. Average hourly earnings for private-sector workers rose 2.5% in April compared with a year earlier.

After Erdogan left the White House, tensions over the Kurdish issue spilled onto the streets of Washington. Turkey sees these militias as an extension of the outlawed Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, which is considered a terrorist group in the United States, Turkey and Europe.

President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan told a group of think-tanks in Washington on Tuesday that Turkey and the US could not reach a deal on the upcoming Raqqa operation, but both countries were open to working together on other bilateral issues, according to three separate sources who were present at the meeting.

Ankara has issued an extradition request for Gulen's alleged endorsement of the failed military coup against Erdogan previous year, but the request is still under study by the USA judiciary. The White House said that the extensive talks marked a historic turn of the tide in relations between the two North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, which strained under the previous administration of Barrack Obama.

Turkey, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member, is a vital ally in the fight against ISIS, allowing the United States to use its Incirlik air base in the fight against the terror group.

"We are communicating our concern to the Turkish government in the strongest possible terms", the statement continued.

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