Turkey Protesters Say Erdogan Supporters Attacked Them in Washington
The United States is expressing concern over a clash involving protesters and supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
The clash happened Tuesday in Washington, D.C., near the home of Turkey's ambassador. Erdogan had met with President Donald Trump at the White House earlier in the day.
Parts of the clash were caught on video by VOA's Turkish Service.
State Department official Heather Nauert said in a statement the U.S. concerns would be communicated to the Turkish government "in the strongest possible" way.
"Violence is never an appropriate response to free speech, and we support the rights of people everywhere to free expression and peaceful protest," the statement said.
VOA's Turkish Service said the protesters were supporters of Selahattin Demirtas, a jailed pro-Kurdish lawmaker. Turkish officials arrested him in November on terrorism-related charges.
Rights groups condemned his arrest as part of a government crackdown on dissent.
The protesters said they were demonstrating peacefully until Erdogan's guards and supporters suddenly moved toward them. Video shows men wearing dark suits and others hitting and kicking protesters. Police appeared to struggle to keep the two groups separated.
At least 11 people were injured in the violence.
Two arrests were made and Washington, D.C. police said other suspects were being sought. Police said they were checking reports that some of the attackers worked as bodyguards for the Turkish president.
Turkey's embassy blamed the violence on groups linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) – a group fighting the government. An embassy statement said the group had "aggressively provoked Turkish-American citizens" who had gathered to greet Erdogan.
Washington's police chief, mayor and several U.S. lawmakers condemned the violence. Senator John McCain, a Republican, urged the Trump administration to expel the Turkish ambassador over the incident.
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1.peaceful protest 和平示威
We support universal rights essential to human dignity, including the right to peaceful protest.
2.Rights groups 人权组织
That ruling had drawn sharp criticism from civil rights groups.
3.police chief 警察局长
The police chief criticize the council's stand on law and order.
4.free speech 言论自由
Many experts in constitutional law have warned that the rule violates the right to free speech.
1.The protesters said they were demonstrating peacefully until Erdogan's guards and supporters suddenly moved toward them.
moved toward 朝着...移动
The main body of troops moved toward the front.
She halted a moment on the steps and then moved toward the door.
2.Turkey's embassy blamed the violence on groups linked to the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK) – a group fighting the government.
blamed on 将...归咎于
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土耳其总统埃尔多安（Recep Tayyip Erdogan）的抗议者和支持者爆发冲突引起美国方面的担忧 。
周二，华盛顿特区的土耳其大使馆附近发生了一起冲突 。当天一早，埃尔多安在白宫与特朗普总统举行会面 。
美国国务院官员海瑟·诺埃特（Heather Nauert）在一份声明中表示，美国的担忧将以“尽可能强硬的”方式传递给土耳其政府 。
声明中还指出，“暴力绝不是对言论自由的适当回应 。我们维护世界各地人民言论自由与和平抗议的权利 。”
美国之音土耳其办事处表示，抗议者是被监禁的亲库尔德议员塞尔拉罕·德米塔斯（Selahattin Demirtas）的拥护者 。去年11月，德米塔斯被土耳其政府以恐怖主义相关罪名逮捕 。
抗议者称，当时他们进行和平示威，但是埃尔多安的保镖和支持者突然冲过来 。视频中穿着黑色西装的男子和其他人对示威者拳打脚踢 。而警方正努力将两拨人分开 。
两人遭逮捕，同时华盛顿特区警方称，其余的嫌犯正在追查中 。警方称，他们正在核实称部分袭击者为土耳其总统保镖的相关报道 。
土耳其大使馆将这次暴力冲突归咎于反政府的库尔德工人党（PKK）相关团体 。大使馆声明称，该团体“积极地挑衅那些迎接埃尔多安总统的土耳其裔美国公民 。”
华盛顿警察局长、市长和几位美国议员谴责了这次暴力事件 。共和党参议员麦凯恩督促特朗普政府应该将土耳其大使驱逐出境 。