Trump, Erdogan hail ties in Washington


A police spokesperson said the altercation broke out between two groups and resulted in two arrests, including one who was charged with assaulting a police officer.

Thanks to some bodyguards, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Washington, D.C. has been marred once again by ugly headlines.

Erdogan supporters and security guards clashed with Kurdish and Armenian protesters who accuse him of rights abuses, local news reports said. Past year they got frisky with protesters and reporters outside the Brookings Institution, leading the Secret Service to intervene.

The video from Voice of America shows what looks like bodyguards rushing a handful of protesters as D.C. police desperately tried to keep order near the Turkish embassy.

Trump warmly welcomed Erdogan to the White House earlier Tuesday. At one point, a man threw a bullhorn, two men could be seen bleeding from the head, and another man was on the ground being violently kicked.

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. One group appeared to charge past the police and across the street, where they beat the protesters as police rushed to intervene. Among the potential investors who Erdoğan met were top representatives of the Abraaj Group, Cargill, CDPQ, Coca Cola, Dow Chemical, the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), International Finance Corporation (IFC), GE Aviation, Glaxo Smith Kline, Lockheed Martin, PepsiCo, Raytheon International, Uber, American Turkish Council and American Chamber of Commerce.

Mr Erdogan met USA president Donald Trump at the White House for a visit that aimed to improve strained ties.

Ankara believes that the Kurdish Peoples' Protection Units (YPG) in Syria are simply the Syrian arm of the PKK, which has waged a deadly insurgency inside Turkey since 1984.

A separate group waving Turkish flags arrived and started chanting slogans in support of Erdogan, the VOA reported. Turkey insists that these YPG militants and their PYD political party are tied to the Kurdish insurgency in Turkey known as the PKK, which the USA, the European Union and Turkey all consider a terrorist organization.

Erdogan responded that there is there is no place for any Kurdish "terrorist organizations" in any agreement about the region's future.

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