Turkish president’s bodyguards batter Washington DC protesters leaving them covered in blood while leader meets Trump at the White House

A BRAWL erupted outside the residence of Turkey’s ambassador to Washington following a White House visit by President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

Erdogan supporters and security guards clashed with Kurdish and Armenian protesters who accuse him of human rights abuses – leaving nine in hospital with one in a critical condition.

Two people were arrested as Erdogan and Trump attempted to improve relations between their countries.

Turkish President Erdogan’s security detail, seen here in dark suits, clashed with Kurdish protesters in Washington DC

The Turkish president stopped by the ambassador’s residence in the upscale Sheridan Circle neighbourhood, where protests prompted city officials to shut down nearby streets.

Yazidi Kurd demonstrator Lucy Usoyan told ABC: “All of the sudden they just ran towards us.
“Someone was beating me in the head non-stop, and I thought, ‘OK, I’m on the ground already, what is the purpose to beat me?’”
Washington police eventually sent reinforcements and restored order, but emergency services said nine people were taken to the hospital, one of them in critical condition.

Turkish President Erdogan’s security detail, seen here in dark suits, clashed with Kurdish protesters in Washington DC

Police managed to keep the rival groups apart at first, but they were eventually forced out of the way.

Erdogan’s security detail reportedly attacked protesters carrying the flag of the Kurdish PYD party.

The Turkish government believes the Kurdish Peoples’ Protection Units in Syria are simply the Syrian arm of the PKK, which has waged a deadly insurgency inside Turkey since 1984.

Turkish President Erdogan's security detail, seen here in dark suits, clashed with Kurdish protesters in Washington DC IMAGE: TWITTER / BALTIMORE BLOC A Kurd protester is repeatedly kicked on the ground in the terrifying scenes IMAGE: TWITTER / BALTIMORE BLOC A Kurdish supporter is flattened in the fighting. The Kurds accuse the Turkish government of human rights violations against them IMAGE: TWITTER / BALTIMORE BLOC Cops tried to keep the rival factions apart but they could not stop violence from erupting IMAGE: TWITTER / BALTIMORE BLOC Video shows Erdogan’s bodyguards pummelling the protesters and kicking them on the ground IMAGE: TWITTER / BALTIMORE BLOC A Washington DC cop tries to bring the chaotic scene under control IMAGE: TWITTER / BALTIMORE BLOC The fights took place outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in the upscale Sheridan Circle neighbourhood IMAGE: TWITTER / BALTIMORE BLOC US President Donald Trump shakes hands with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan at the White House IMAGE: GETTY IMAGES A large crowd of Erdogan's supporters waving Turkish flags confronted the Kurdish and Armenian supporters

Since the 1980s, Kurdish movements have included both peaceful political activities for basic civil rights for Kurds in Turkey as well as armed rebellion and guerrilla warfare, including military attacks aimed mainly at Turkish military bases, demanding first a separate Kurdish state and later self-determination for the Kurds.

In April last year a huge car bomb killed at least 11 at a police station in Turkey – with scores more wounded.

The devastating explosion hit the south-eastern town of Cizre.

Videos from Tuesday’s protests showed people from both sides shouting and being punched – with each side accusing the other of being the aggressors.

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