Violence breaks out as Erdogan meets Pope Francis in Rome

Violence breaks out as Erdogan meets Pope Francis in Rome
By Katy Dartford
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The pro-Kurdish group, which objects to Turkey's treatment of Kurds in Turkey and Syria, held a sit-in outside the Castel Sant'Angelo, not far from where Erdogan was meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican.


Around 150 people, including Kurds and their supporters, demonstrated outside the Castel Sant'Angelo denouncing the Turkish president's visit to Rome and his country's campaign in Syria.

Scuffles broke out when police, who had put much of the city centre under lockdown, arrested two protestors who tried to break through cordons to get closer to the Vatican.

One person was reported injured as demonstrators, carrying a banner reading "Erdogan killer" and chanting "shame, shame", attempted to march towards St Peter's Square.

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