After Trump-Erdogan Meeting, DC Protests Turn Violent

9 injured outside residence of Turkish ambassador
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted May 17, 2017 6:32 AM CDT
After Trump-Erdogan Meeting, DC Protests Turn Violent
President Trump shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in the Roosevelt Room of the White House.   (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

Authorities say nine people were hurt and two arrested during an altercation Tuesday outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington, DC. Two of those hurt were seriously injured and taken to hospitals, reports the AP. Police say the altercation broke out about 4:30pm between two groups, but didn't elaborate on the circumstances. "We are protesting (President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's) policies in Turkey, in Syria, and in Iraq," Flint Arthur of Baltimore told CNN. He said Erdogan supporters breached police lines to attack them. One of those arrested was charged with assaulting a police officer. (The CNN story includes this Facebook video of the violence.)

The altercation came the same day that Erdogan met with President Trump at the White House. The State Department declined to comment. Before the violence broke out, Trump and Erdogan appeared together and promised stronger relations between the two nations, though the Guardian notes that their meeting came amid strained ties on two main fronts. Turkey is angry that the US is supporting Kurdish fighters fighting the Islamic State in Syria, and it accuses the US of harboring the mastermind of a failed coup in July. (Erdogan recently won sweeping new powers in Turkey.)

Get the news faster.
Tap to install our app.
Install the Newser News app
in two easy steps:
1. Tap in your navigation bar.
2. Tap to Add to Home Screen.