Nine injured in altercation at Turkish Embassy in Washington


A scuffle broke out Tuesday afternoon on the 1600 block of 23rd Street NW, on Sheridan Circle, about a half-mile northwest of Dupont Circle, police said.

DC Fire and EMS officials said nine people were taken to local hospitals with various injuries, including one person in serious condition. Videos of the scene on Twitter showed several protestors bleeding after being hit continuously.

Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Dustin Sternbeck says the altercation broke out between two groups but he did not elaborate on the circumstances.

WASHINGTON — A senior House Republican is calling on the Trump administration to investigate whether criminal charges are warranted against members of the Turkish president's security detail.

"They think they can engage in the same sort of suppression of protest and free speech that they engage in Turkey", Arthur said. The protesters were chanting anti-Erdogan slogans as he entered the embassy on Tuesday after meeting with President Donald Trump.

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The US State Department, Turkish embassy, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser's office and multiple DC councilmembers did not immediately respond to requests for comment.

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".

Turkey, a North Atlantic Treaty Organisation member has been a major ally to the the fight against ISIS given its proximity to Syria and Iraq. The decision to arm them came last week, amid preparation for an offensive to retake what is effectively the capital of ISIS, the city of Raqqa in northern Syria.

"We support Turkey in the. fight against terror and terror groups like ISIS and the PKK, and ensure they have no safe quarter, the terror groups", Trump said during their White House meeting.