Lawmakers demand swift action for Turkish Embassy violence

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Two people were arrested in the fighting, one of whom was charged with assault on a police officer.

Turkey's increasingly repressive political climate spilled into the streets of Washington on Tuesday as people who appear to be President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's bodyguards beat pro-Kurdish protesters on Embassy Row.

Erdogan was in the United States capital on Tuesday for apparently successful talks with President Donald Trump but his visit was marred by violence between his security detail and pro-Kurdish protesters. They've been accused of beating protesters in other countries as well.

The Guardian reports that the men in front of the residence, who were wearing dark suits, were members of Erdogan's security detail, but this has not been confirmed by D.C. police.

The incident occurred after Erdogan arrived after a White House meeting with President Donald Trump. A man with a bullhorn is repeatedly kicked in the face.

Washington [U.S.], May 17: Nine protesters were injured outside the residence of the Turkish Ambassador here on Tuesday. It said they chanted anti-Erdogan slogans, and that Erdogan's team moved in to disperse them because "police did not heed to Turkish demands to intervene".

Two men were arrested at the scene, and police intend to pursue charges against others involved as well, the Metropolitan Police Department said Wednesday.

Later, speaking to reporters at the Turkish embassy, Erdogan underlined Turkey's concerns about the YPG, which Ankara regards as an extension of the Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) militant group fighting a decades-old insurgency in southeast Turkey.

"They think they can engage in the same sort of suppression of protest and free speech that they engage in in Turkey", said one protester.

Trump and his national security team say the Kurdish-led Syrian Democratic Forces, or SDF, is the most effective battlefield partner against the Islamic State in northern and eastern Syria.

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

At their meeting Tuesday, Trump said the USA would re-establish its military and economic partnership with Turkey, committing to backing Turkey's defense against both Islamic State and the PKK.

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