Published: Thu, May 18, 2017
Worldwide | By Gretchen Simon

Hurt, 2 Arrested in Violence Outside Turkish Embassy in DC

Hurt, 2 Arrested in Violence Outside Turkish Embassy in DC

At least one of those arrested was a protester.

"There could be a diplomatic immunity issue, but that won't prevent us form doing what we need to do here at the Metropolitan Police Department", Newsham said.

A video has been released of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan's bodyguards beating up protesters in Washington during his state visit. The man in the yellow shirt then fought with a protester in a blue shirt.

The two men arrested by D.C. police were identified as Ayten Necmi, 49, of Woodside, New York, charged with aggravated assault for allegedly punching someone in the face, and Jalal Kheirabaoi, 42, charged with assault on a police officer. A local NBC television affiliate reported Erdogan was inside the building at the time.

"Right now there are certain moves in the United States coming from the past, such as the weapons assistance to the YPG", Erdogan told reporters at Ankara Airport on Friday, according to Reuters.

Graphic video appeared to show the aggressors were men in dark suits and sunglasses. Another wrenches a woman's neck and throws her to the ground.

Shortly after a meeting between US President Donald Trump and his Turkish counterpart Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House protestors and Erdogan's guards clashed outside the residency of the Turkish ambassador.

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The White House did not respond to an NPR request for comment on Gulen's status.

US military officials view the Kurds there as key in the fight against ISIS, but the Turkish government argues they're terrorists.

At the White House earlier Tuesday, Erdogan said, "We are committed to fighting all kinds of terrorism, without any discrimination whatsoever, that impose a clear and present threat upon our future". The claim that protesters were linked to the PKK could not be verified immediately by Reuters. Tens of thousands of Turkish citizens have since been detained and some Erdogan supporters sought to blame the United States for the coup attempt.

Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser and five Republican senators, including John McCain of Arizona and Marco Rubio of Florida, also condemned the assault.

The scene as President Erdogan of Turkey just pulled away from the Turkish ambassador's residence.

The Trump administration says it's been instrumental in securing the release of other United States citizens in detention since taking over the White House in January.

Fresh from securing his grip on Turkey with a referendum to enhance his powers, Erdogan came to Washington with a list of complaints about USA support for Kurdish fighters and its harbouring of the alleged mastermind of a failed coup. "The American police let them attack us".

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