Nine Injured in Violent Clash During Protest Outside of Turkish Ambassador's D.C. Residence
Two people were arrested, one of whom was charged with assaulting a police officer
A protest outside of the Turkish ambassador’s home in Washington, D.C., turned violent on Tuesday, injuring nine people, reported CNN.
The incident – near the Capitol’s Sheridan Circle – left at least one person in serious condition, while all injured were transported to local hospitals, the D.C. Fire and EMS confirmed on Twitter. Two people were arrested, one of whom was charged with assaulting a police officer, reported NBC Washington.
D.C. police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck told the Washington Post that two people have been arrested in what is being described as a clash between two groups.
Video taken during the encounter suggests that the disagreement stemmed from a political conflict, and the Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan’s visit with President Trump this week.
A Baltimore man at the demonstration told CNN, “We are protesting [Erdogan’s] policies in Turkey, in Syria and in Iraq,” and said supporters of the president breached police lines to attack them on three separate occasions, Tuesday.
Added Flint Arthur, “They think they can engage in the same sort of suppression of protest and free speech that they engage in in Turkey. They stopped us for a few minutes … but we still stayed and continued to protest Erdogan’s tyrannical regime.”
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During Erdogan’s Tuesday meeting at the White House, Trump focused on joint efforts to battle ISIS between Turkey and the U.S., rather then the history tenuous relationship between both countries.
“Today, we face a new enemy in the fight against terrorism, and again we seek to face this threat together,” Trump said, according to The New York Times.