Turkish President’s Bodyguards Accused of Violently Clashing With Protesters in DC

Update, 1:17 pm: As outrage grew over the videos, the DC Police Department said it would work with the State Department to “hold all subjects accountable” for their involvement in the violence. The State Department also released a statement condemning the violence.

A demonstration outside the Turkish embassy in Washington, DC, turned violent Tuesday, after protesters holding Kurdish flags clashed with supporters and bodyguards of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was in town for a meeting at the White House.

Nine people were injured and taken to a local hospital during the incident. The New York Times reports that two people were arrested, for aggravated assault and assault on a police officer. Opponents of Erdogan said they were protesting the leader’s authoritarian policies, including crackdowns on dissidents and members of the press. MOTHER JONES

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