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    Demonstrations 'Out of Control' Outside Erdogan Speech in DC

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    As Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan was set to deliver a speech at the Brookings Institution in Washington DC, protests erupted, resulting in violence.

    As demonstrators gathered in the US capital to protest Erdogan’s authoritarian policies, Turkish security personnel reportedly kicked one protestor, a woman was thrown to the sidewalk, and one journalist was physically removed from the site.

    Gathered on the sidewalks, protesters chanted "Erdogan, terrorist."

    ​"The situation is a bit out of control," a US Secret Service agent told Foreign Policy.

    Altercations also broke out between Turkish security personnel and Brookings Institute employees and DC police. While Erdogan’s security insisted that authorities remove protesters, DC police refused.

    Ambulances are on standby at the scene.

    The Turkish president is in the United States for a five-day visit during the Nuclear Industry Summit. He has been refused an official meeting with President Barack Obama during his stay, pointing to the strained relationship between the two allies.

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