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Turkey's Erdogan watched as protesters were attacked

Erdogan says Turkey will act if Syrian Kurdish militia attacks- media Erdogan Supporters in Violent Clash with Protesters in Washington
Tobias Pedroso | 20 May, 2017, 00:12

Washington's Metropolitan Police Department said it had arrested two U.S. residents, Ayten Necmi, 49, and Jalal Kheirabadi, 42, over the incident, according to the BBC.

The calls came as the administration conceded it had released two members of Erdogan's detail after holding them briefly after the incident, which took place outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in the us capital on Tuesday. He added that some members of the pro-Erdogan group were carrying firearms, which made it more hard for police to contain the scene.

"If Erdogan's bodyguards who participated in this attack have entered the country on diplomatic visas, those visas should be revoked right away", Lofgren said on Wednesday, slamming Erdogan as "authoritarian" and "an oppressor" and said that it was "unwise" for Trump to meet with him.

Mehmet Tankan, 31, said he was one of a dozen protesters outside the ambassador's residence chanting slogans when the brawl broke out.

The protesters "began aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the President", the embassy said in a statement released late Wednesday.

However, the State Department said "violence is never an appropriate response to free speech, and we support the rights of people everywhere to free expression and peaceful protest". It happened in Washington, outside the residence of the Turkish ambassador.

A member of his security detail speaks to the president before walking over to another bodyguard.

"All of the sudden they just ran towards us", said Lucy Usoyan, a Yazidi Kurd demonstrator.

Erdogan had met with President Donald Trump at the White House earlier in the day.

Erdogan said he told the United States that Turkey could not be part of the operation to retake the Syrian city of Raqqa from Islamic State because of the participation of the YPG.

The Turkish embassy claimed that the protests turned violent as a result of individuals who were affiliated with the PKK, an organization on the State Department's designated terrorist list, that has carried out attacks in its country but has yet to carry out an attack in the U.S.

"We have long supported Turkey as a member of North Atlantic Treaty Organisation, and a key USA ally in the region, and we expect conduct more appropriate to our decades-long partnership".

"I'd throw the Turkish ambassador out", the Arizona Republican told MSNBC's "Morning Joe", the Hill reported.

The YPG's parent organisation the Democratic Union party (PYD) is a sister organisation to Turkey's banned Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).