[00:00.00]The United States is expressing concern over a clash involving protesters and supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
[00:15.03]The clash happened Tuesday in Washington, D.C., near the home of Turkey’s ambassador.
[00:24.79]Erdogan had met with President Donald Trump at the White House earlier in the day.
[00:33.68]Parts of the clash were caught on video by VOA’s Turkish Service.
[00:41.00]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.
[00:56.37]“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.
[01:13.96]VOA’s Turkish Service said the protesters were supporters of Selahattin Demirtas, a jailed pro-Kurdish lawmaker.
[01:29.28]Turkish officials arrested him in November on terrorism-related charges.
[01:37.50]Rights groups condemned his arrest as part of a government crackdown on dissent.
[01:46.96]The protesters said they were demonstrating peacefully until Erdogan’s guards and supporters suddenly moved toward them.
[01:59.76]Video shows men wearing dark suits and others hitting and kicking protesters.
[02:08.06]Police appeared to struggle to keep the two groups separated.
[02:14.89]At least 11 people were injured in the violence.
[02:20.07]Two arrests were made and Washington, D.C. police said other suspects were being sought.
[02:28.80]Police said they were checking reports that some of the attackers worked as bodyguards for the Turkish president.
[02:39.38]Turkey’s embassy blamed the violence on groups linked to the Kurdistan Workers’ Party (PKK) – a group fighting the government.
[02:52.82]An embassy statement said the group had “aggressively provoked Turkish-American citizens” who had gathered to greet Erdogan.
[03:05.46]Washington’s police chief, mayor and several U.S. lawmakers condemned the violence.
[03:14.57]Senator John McCain, a Republican, urged the Trump administration to expel the Turkish ambassador over the incident.
[03:25.90]I’m Bryan Lynn.