Violence Breaks Out During Protest At Turkish Embassy In Washington, DC

Violence Breaks Out During Protest At Turkish Embassy In Washington, DC

Violence Breaks Out During Protest At Turkish Embassy In Washington, DC

Nine people were hurt and two arrests were made during an altercation at the Turkish ambassador's residence in the USA capital during a visit by Turkey's president, Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.

Trump has been criticized for not publicly condemning the Turkish leader's human rights record and for congratulating him on winning a mid-April referendum that was widely seen as a way for Erdogan to consolidate power in a more authoritarian way.

Erdogan said his visit would "mark a historical turn of tide" and hailed "outstanding relations" between the nations.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was in town to meet President Trump at the White House.

Turkey has protested the alliance for years because it views the Kurdish separatist PKK movement and its affiliates in Syria as terrorist organisations.

Some of the protesters in Tuesday's incident were carrying the flag of the Syrian Kurdish PYD party, a US -backed group considered a terrorist organization by the Turkish government. Some Kurdish activists also reported that there were also Kurds among the protesters.

Turkey and the United States are key North Atlantic Treaty Organisation allies, but their relationship has been complicated by the U.S.'s strategy on Syria and Washington's refusal to extradite a Turkish cleric, who stands behind the failed coup in Turkey past year.

The Pentagon said last week the US would begin directly arming the YPG.

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USA officials on May 9 disclosed Trump's approval of plans to supply the YPG as it advances toward the Islamic State stronghold of Raqqa in Syria.

"We also appreciate Turkey's leadership in seeking an end to the horrific killing in Syria", he added. The Syrian civil war shocks the conscience of the whole world.

As USA Today reports, Erdogan's government has shuttered news outlets, jailed journalists and opposition party members, and purged thousands upon thousands of government employees.

A bipartisan group of lawmakers wrote Trump on Tuesday, asking him to raise the issue of human rights with Erdogan given the increasing suppression of dissent in his country. After Erdogan's government survived a coup attempt last summer, authorities have pursued a wide-ranging crackdown on enemies and dissidents. Erdogan blames Gulen supporters for the attempted coup.

"That's a charge Gulen denies", NPR's Michele Kelemen told All Things Considered on Sunday.

ISPAT President Arda Ermut said the president's clarification of Turkish government's strategies for global investors was very significant. Kalin did not specify exactly what steps they discussed.

"It is another thing for us, as Americans, to see that exported to the United States", Hamparian said.

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