President Trump received Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan earlier in the week. Some hours following their joint statement, videos surfaced of Washington, D.C., metro police trying to prevent anti-Erdogan protesters from being kicked and viciously attacked by Erdogan’s armed Turkish personnel.

(Warning: Graphic video)

By Wednesday, the State Department acknowledged the attacks in a statement:

The letter stated a “concern” for the violent incident, especially at it pertained to the First Amendment right to the freedom of speech and assembly.

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Video shows the vicious attack. Victims include women and elderly men:

The State Department addresses an attack on protesters outside of Turkey’s American embassy Gokhan Sahin/Getty Images
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