Turkish security detail members to be charged after DC brawl

16 June, 2017, 06:09 | Author: Ora Austin
  • Eyup Yildirim kicking Kurdish protester outside Turkish embassy

Likewise, the US Ambassador to Turkey was summoned before Turkish officials who objected to the way the situation was handled.

Four have been arrested; the remainder are at large.

Last month, a protest outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington D.C. turned bloody when pro-Erdogan security forces roughed up the activists outside. The victims included Americans, he said at the time, and there was no justification for the attack. "We voted for him and we want him to be our president", Dereci told the broadcaster at the time. He also said two arrests were made on Wednesday. The ensuing brawl injured 11 people, including a police officer and two secret service agents.

Dereci and Ellialti are among 16 people charged this week over the incident.

Yildirim is in custody after an initial appearance before a federal magistrate in Newark, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney's Office in New Jersey said by phone. The Turkish citizens reportedly objected to this.

The police also have arrest warrants for two Canadians.

The State Department confirmed in a statement to TheDC that arrests have been, and the Washington, D.C. Metro police department identified the two men as Eyup Yildirim and Sinan Narin.

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Police said one of those arrested is accused of felony aggravated assault and misdemeanour assault.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert would not say whether the United States plans to seek the extradition of the security officials, who returned to Turkey prior to the completion of the investigation, avoiding arrest. "We take our position in the USA, as the nation's capitol, very seriously". He described the attack as "the type of offence that is extreme in nature". None of them are Turkish Embassy personnel, he added.

But Washington held that Erdogan's security detail had no justification to attack the small group of Kurdish and Armenian protesters outside the Turkish ambassador's residence on May 16, just after Erdogan met with President Donald Trump at the White House.

Toronto's Ahmet Dereci, a devoted supporter of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan, was captured on video joining Erdogan's bodyguards in a May attack that sent nine people to the hospital and became an global incident.

Men in dark suits and others were recorded repeatedly kicking one woman as she lay curled up on a sidewalk. In another, they kick a different protester lying on the ground with a bullhorn.

After police officers struggled to protect the protesters and ordered the attackers to retreat, several suspects dodged the officers and continued the attacks.

Erdogan probably won't extradite his goons for this, so the charges are theater, but it's good to see cops defend the rights of protesters for once. "The message to folks that are going to come to our city, either from another state or another country, is that's not going to be tolerated in Washington, D.C". "Our role in this government and our role as a police department is to make sure that people do so safely, especially if you're peacefully demonstrating it doesn't make a difference what your demonstrating about", he said.

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