Nine people were injured and two arrested following a brawl outside the Turkish embassy in Washington, DC on Tuesday, May 16th.
Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met US President Dondald Trump for talks that day.
Hours after the meeting, around two dozen opponents to the Turkish leader gathered outside the ambassador’s residence and traded insults with President Erdogan’s supporters.
Violence broke out between the protesters and pro-Erdogan supporters.
“We are protesting [Mr Erdogan’s] policies in Turkey, in Syria and in Iraq,” a demonstrator Flint Arthur told CNN.
He said, “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.”
Video footage from the scene shows victims with bloody injuries.
Arthur accused the pro-Erdogan group of “breaching police lines and attacking protesters at least three times”.
Police intervention ended the violence, and the injured were taken to George Washington University Hospital.
At a joint press conference after their meeting, Presidents Trump and Erdogan announced that they pledged to strengthen bilateral relations.
“We’ve had a great relationship and we will make it even better,” Mr Trump said. “We look forward to having very strong and solid discussions.”
However, Mr Erdogan reiterated that a US alliance with Kurdish forces fighting in Syria would never be accepted.
“There is no place for terrorist organisations in the future of our region,” he declared to journalists.