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Authorities say nine people were hurt and two arrests were made during an altercation at the Turkish ambassador’s residence in the U.S. capital.
Doug Buchanan, a DC Fire and EMS spokesman, says two of those hurt were seriously injured and were taken to hospitals by ambulance. He said that emergency personnel were called to the residence about 4:30 p.m. Tuesday.
Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Dustin Sternbeck says the altercation broke out between two groups but he didn’t elaborate on the circumstances.
Critics accused bodyguards of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, who was in Washington to meet with U.S. President Donald Trump at the White House, of inciting the violence that targeted Kurdish protesters.
This is INSANE. Erdogan’s goons rough up Kurdish protesters ON EMBASSY ROW, as D.C. cops valiantly try to stop them. https://t.co/xXQP1BzCxA— Blake Hounshell (@blakehounshell) May 17, 2017
@selectedwisdom Since when is it okay for a foreign leader to bring bodyguards who then attack peaceful protesters on American streets⁉️USA is NOT Turkey‼️— Carolyn Koehler (@CarolynBKoehler) May 17, 2017
The State Department declined to comment on the situation.
Sternbeck confirmed two people were arrested, including one who was charged with assaulting a police officer.