President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s bodyguards have again attacked the protesters during Erdoğan’s visit to US capital city of Washington.
According to America’s Voice, a quarrel occurred between a group protesting Erdoğan and his supporters.
Baltimore Bloc reported that the group consisting of Kurdish, Yezidi and Armenian protesters were beaten by the police.
Kurdish and Armenian and Ezidi protestors brutality attacked by members of Erdogan security in front of Turkish Emb pic.twitter.com/StrRKgNHfr— Baltimore BLOC (@BmoreBloc) 16 Mayıs 2017
Two protesters were detained.
The wounded nine people were taken into George Washington University Hospital.
“They thought that they could stop us as they do in Turkey.
Of the protesters Flint Arthur told CNN that “We are protesting Erdoğan’s policies of Turkey, Syria and Iraq”.
Arthur said that the Erdoğan supporters crossing the police check point attacked the protesters at three different locations, and went on:
“They thought that they could suppress the freedom of expression and demonstrations as they do in Turkey. They stopped us for a few minutes but we are still here and we protest Erdoğan’s tyranny regime”.
How did the incident take place?
The group with a banner reading “Freedom to Demirtaş” gathering on the pavement across the housing before President Erdoğan went there started to chant slogans. Upon that, a quarrel erupted between two groups.
Turkey’s Ambassador to Washington Serdar Kılıç spoke with the police.
The quarrel turned into a fight and Erdoğan’s bodyguards intervened in.
Some of the bodyguards tried to take the flags from the hands of the protesters. One bodyguard strangled a woman protester, some other bodyguards battered the protesters. As some of the protesters were injured, the US police tried to stop the fight.
The US police also battered some of the protesters.
The police called for reinforcements. The bodyguards kicked some of the protesters, whom the police handcuffed, on the ground.
After the incident was over, President Erdoğan came together with those who gathered in front of the housing and cheered over.
Not the first attack
Erdoğan’s bodyguards had battered protesters in Ecuador in February 2016. Furthermore, again in the US they had tried to suppress the protesters’ voice by “shouting louder” on March 29, 2016.
During the same visit, as Erdoğan was holding a speech at the think-tank Brookings Institute, the protesters were attacked by the Presidential bodyguards in front of the building. (AS/TK)
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