Nine people injured at demonstration outside Turkish Embassy in DC

Two people were arrested after the incident: one for aggravated assault and one for assault on a police officer. The resulting damage: At least nine people were injured, and two have been arrested by D.C. police.

They brutally beat anti-Turkis government demonstrators who had been protesting peacefully at locations in D.C. throughout the day, as Turkey's president met with President Trump.

Metropolitan police spokesman Dustin Sternbeck said the altercation broke out between two groups.

Erdogan has been criticized for cracking down on protesters and other critical voices, including journalists, inside Turkey.

Protester Flint Arthur told CNN, "They think they can engage in the same sort of suppression of protest and free speech that they engage in in Turkey".

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The Washington Post reports: "Erdogan is staying at Blair House across from the White House during his visit, and was apparently not at the embassy during the demonstration".

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.

Erdogan's security detail reportedly attacked protesters carrying the flag of the Kurdish PYD party outside the ambassador's residence. Military officials say the Syrian Kurds are key to that mission. Erdogan's bodyguards were also involved.

Erdogan who just secured sweeping powers following last month referendum, last week grilled Washington following decision by the Trump administration to arm the Syrian Kurdish fighters; Kurdish Peoples' Protection Unit (YPG) considered by Washington among best partners in the fight against Daech in Syria but vomited by Ankara as an extension of outlawed PKK. Ankara does not distinguish between the PKK and the PYD and its militia, the People's Protection Units (YPG), who are strong US allies and considered the most effective force against the Islamic State in Syria.

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