Wednesday, May 17, 2017

Erdogan's Bodyguards Hit Kurd Backers in DC; Turkish Pres. Opposed to Arming Kurd Troops

The city of Washington today (May 17, 2017) condemned a "brutal attack of peaceful protesters" after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's bodyguards attacked pro-Kurdish demonstrators, according to the AFP (Agence France-Presse) website.

Two people were arrested and 11 were injured -- including a police officer -- amid demonstrations yesterday as Erdogan held meetings in the U.S. capital after visiting President Donald Trump. Erdogan told Trump that he is adamantly opposed to the U.S. arms that are being sent to Kurdish troops in Syria to fight the Islamic State (IS).

Witnesses told AFP that members of Erdogan's security detail pushed past Washington police outside the Turkish ambassador's residence and attacked a group of Kurdish supporters.

Video footage shows a group of men in suits punching and kicking the protesters -- including a woman lying on the ground -- as police try to contain the clash.

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