This is the second time this has happened with Erodgan’s body guards.
The U.S. State Department voiced concerns Wednesday about the violent confrontation outside the Turkish embassy in Washington the day before that led to 11 people being injured and two arrests.
“Violence is never an appropriate response to free speech,” the State Department said in a written statement, adding that it was communicating its “concern to the Turkish government in the strongest possible terms.”
Spokeswoman Heather Nauert said, “Violence is never an appropriate response to free speech, and we support the rights of people everywhere to free expression and peaceful protest.”
According to initial accounts and video shot at the scene, a fight broke out between a group of men standing outside the ambassador’s residence and another group of men and women standing across the street near Washington’s Dupont Circle.
“We witnessed what appeared to be a brutal attack on peaceful protesters,” a police official said on Wednesday.
Witnesses told The Guardian that the fight erupted when the visiting Turkish president’s security attacked protesters carrying the flag of the Kurdish PYD party outside the embassy, hours after Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with President Trump at the White House. FoxNews