Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s bodyguards on Tuesday attacked protesters in Washington, bloodying several. That’s standard back in Istanbul, but the Trump administration will have to teach Erdogan & Co. that it won’t fly here.
The brawl erupted while Erdogan was meeting at the White House with President Trump. Dozens of Kurdish-Americans rallied outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in DC to protest Erdogan’s crackdown on dissent, with more than 130,000 people detained.
Several carried the flag of the Kurdish PYD party — a red flag for Erdogan, who ended decades of government strife with Kurdish rebels before reopening the war in 2015.
When counter-protesters began to gather, DC police tried to keep the sides separate — but Erdogan supporters, joined by his security staffers, broke through and started the beatdown.
“All of a sudden they just ran towards us,” demonstrator Lucy Usoyan told ABC. “Someone was beating me in the head nonstop, and I thought, ‘OK, I’m on the ground already, what is the purpose to beat me?’ ”
Nine people were hospitalized, and only two arrested by overwhelmed cops.