U.S. charges President Erdogan’s Washington security team with assault

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Washington prosecutors have charged a dozen Turkish security and police officers with assault after an attack on protesters during Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan visit to the U.S. capital last month, officials said on Thursday.

The daytime brawl outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence in the city on May 16 left nine protesters injured and strained U.S.-Turkish relations.

A video posted online showed men in dark suits chasing protesters and punching and kicking them as Washington police struggled to intervene.

“I condemn this attack,” Mayor Muriel Bowser told reporters at a news conference announcing the charges. “It was an affront to our values.”

Arrest warrants for the members of Erdogan‘s security detail have been issued, Metropolitan Police Department Chief Peter Newsham said.

“If they attempt to enter the United States, they will be arrested,” he said.

Newsham said there was no probable cause to arrest Erdogan, who watched the confrontation unfold from a nearby car.

A total of 18 people have been charged in the incident. They include two Canadians and four Americans, according to prosecutors.

Two men were arrested on Wednesday. Sinan Narin of Virginia faces a charge of felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor assault, and Eyup Yildirim of New Jersey faces two charges of felony assault and a misdemeanor assault charge.

Some additional suspects still have not been identified, the police chief said.

(REUTERS)

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Shocking footage has emerged showing violent clashes between people protesting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his supporters in Washington DC

Shocking footage has emerged showing violent clashes between people protesting Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and his supporters in Washington DC

Two elderly men - who were protesting against the Turkish leader - were pictured after the clashes with blood pouring from their heads

A protester with a megaphone is pictured with blood smeared across his face, hand, and clothing

Two elderly men – who were protesting against the Turkish leader – were pictured after the clashes with blood pouring from their heads

Protesters demonstrating against Turkish President Erdogan were attacked by what appeared to be suited bodyguards (left) of the president

Protesters demonstrating against Turkish President Erdogan were attacked by what appeared to be suited bodyguards (left) of the president

Flint Arthur, one of those at the protest against Erdogan, told CNN why they were demonstrating.

‘We are protesting (Erdogan’s) policies in Turkey, in Syria and in Iraq,’ he said, before turning the comments towards the tactics adopted by those supporting the president.

‘They think they can engage in the same sort of suppression of protest and free speech that they engage in in Turkey.

‘They stopped us for a few minutes … but we still stayed and continued to protest Erdogan’s tyrannical regime.’

This suited man - believed to be a bodyguard of the Turkish president - was filmed kicking a protester who was on the ground
This man tried to run away after kicking a woman who was on the ground

This suited man – believed to be a bodyguard of the Turkish president – was filmed kicking a female protester who was on the ground. Then he tried to run away

Men in suits were filmed at the start of the video running across the street to physically attack the protesters

Men in suits were filmed at the start of the video running across the street to physically attack the protesters

The men wearing suits appeared to start the physical altercations - based on videos posted online on Tuesday

The men wearing suits appeared to start the physical altercations – based on videos posted online on Tuesday

A woman (pictured) had to receive treatment after she was knocked down and kicked by men in suits

This man received treatment after he suffered a severe cut to the head

A woman (left) had to receive treatment after she was knocked down and kicked by men in suits, while the man on the right had a severe cut to the head

The Guardian reports protesters were carrying the flag of the Kurdish PYD party.

Doug Buchanan, a DC Fire and EMS spokesman, said two of those hurt were seriously injured and were taken to hospitals by ambulance.

He said by phone that emergency personnel were called to the residence about 4.30pm Tuesday.

Metropolitan Police Department spokesman Dustin Sternbeck says the altercation broke out between two groups but he didn’t elaborate on the circumstances.

Police are seen securing the street outside the Turkish embassy on Tuesday after clashes broke out

Police are seen securing the street outside the Turkish embassy on Tuesday after clashes broke out

Washington Police (left and right) battled to control the wild scenes on Tuesday afternoon

The altercation (pictured) came the same day that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with President Donald Trump at the White House

Washington Police (left and right) battled to control the wild scenes on Tuesday afternoon

He said two people were arrested, including one who was charged with assaulting a police officer.

The altercation came the same day that Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan met with President Donald Trump at the White House.

The State Department declined to comment.

Donald Trump welcomes President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey to the White House for talks

Donald Trump welcomes President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey to the White House for talks

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the press following meetings with US President Donald Trump in the Roosevelt Room of the White House

President Recep Tayyip Erdogan speaks to the press following meetings with US President Donald Trump in the Roosevelt Room of the White House

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