A violent altercation broke out after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan met with President Donald Trump at the White House. The fight erupted between Erdogan supporters and a few dozen pro-Kurdish anti-Erdogan protesters. Erdogan’s bodyguards were also involved in assaulting protesters.
VOA News Police responded to the scene and formed a line blocking the two sides from clashing. But a number of men in suits broke through it and started punching, kicking and throwing the demonstrators to the ground. Police tried to contain the situation, but it got out of control quickly.
“We are protesting (Erdogan’s) policies in Turkey, in Syria and in Iraq,” one demonstrator, Flint Arthur of Baltimore, told CNN. “They think they can engage in the same sort of suppression of protest and free speech that they engage in in Turkey. They stopped us for a few minutes … but we still stayed and continued to protest Erdogan’s tyrannical regime.”