Angry protests greeted Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Tuesday, when he led Queen Elizabeth II Traf and talks with Prime Minister Theresa May.
Lower scuffles erupted as protesting Erdogan demonstrators marched down the hill in front of Kurdish protesters while police threw some of the ringleaders to the ground.
A Downing Street spokesman said that a "straightforward discussion" on human rights is on the agenda for Erdogan's meeting in May.
"It was always clear to us that we want Turkey to fulfill its international obligations, including respect for freedom of expression and political freedoms," he said.
Queen Elizabeth greeted Erdogan for a private audience at Buckingham Palace before the May meeting.
Three Days The visit comes when the Turkish leader fights for re-election after scheduling a quick poll for June 24, which brings the vote forward by a year and a half.
The move is generally viewed as a plan to shore up its power in the country and comes as international pressure rises on the president over his repression of political dissent.
Outside Downing Street on Tuesday, dozens of activists gathered in a protest of freedom of expression groups organized English PEN, Index on Censorship and Reporters Without Borders (RSF)
According to RSF, over 100 journalists were arrested, 140 media companies closed and At least 889 press cards withdrawn since a crackdown in 2016 began.
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"We need to make it clear to our government here that fundamental freedoms are important to us – those values on which our country is based," said Rebecca Vincent, director of Rebecca Vincent, to rebels.
Call for the release of jailed journalists, she added: "There is a choice ahead."
"Under the state of emergency, people do not have complete access to independent information, so you now have an electorate that will vote after a brief campaign without having the full picture."
that President Erdogan is welcomed – given the red carpet – is shameful here in the UK. "
The demonstrators were later joined by a larger group against Erdogan's treatment of the Kurds – and a handful of counter-demonstrators who seemingly supported the president.
The pro-Kurdish activists held posters with images of Erdogan and the word "terrorist" on his face, as well as a flag bearing a picture of Abdullah Öcalan, the imprisoned founder of the Kurdistan Workers' Party (PKK).
The early elections are designed to accelerate Turkey's transition to a new presidential system approved in Turkey. Referendum last year
Critics fear that the new enforcement powers of the president will lead to one-man rule.
The state of emergency remains in Turkey 22 months after a failed coup of 2016.
Erdogan has al On the trip, there was a heated controversy between German internationals Mesut Özil of Arsenal and Ilkay Gundogan of Manchester City.
The Turkish football chief condemned on Tuesday as Berlin "Berlin" football boss the "slanderous" and "unacceptable" German criticism of the meeting Reinhard Grindel said the couple had been "manipulated".
Protesters protest with police during a protest against Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in front of the entrance to Downing Street in London ahead of his meeting with British Prime Minister Theresa May
Minister Theresa May welcomed the Turkish president on 15 May 2018 Recep Tayyip Erdogan off Downing Street 10
British Queen Elizabeth II Welcomes Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan During a Private Audience at Buckingham Palace in London