Perhaps unaccustomed to America’s tradition of free and unfettered expression, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s bodyguards reacted like animals when confronted by protesters demonstrating near D.C.’s “embassy row” on Tuesday. Photos and videos of the scene reveal a disturbing melee between Turkish thugs and demonstrators. Washington D.C.’s police chief called it a “brutal attack,” and it was.
Young women were thrown to the ground and beaten by Erdoğan’s security staff. Demonstrators were kicked in the face. Turkish security resisted police directives in a seeming effort to injure as many protesters as they could. In the end, eleven people were hurt, including a police officer. Nine people were hospitalized, and two were arrested.