Two Canadians among those sought by USA authorities over attack on protesters
- Author: Leroy Wright Jun 21, 2017,
Jun 21, 2017, 18:11
Newsham did not explain how police expected to arrest the 12, given their location in Turkey and possible diplomatic protections. What kind of law is this?
It was an affront to our values as Washingtonians and as Americans and it was a clear assault on the first amendment."DC Police Chief Peter Newsham announced the names of the dozen members of Turkish President Erdogan's security detail who have been charged with the attacks".
U.S. Senator John McCain, the influential chair of the Senate armed services committee, called for Turkey's ambassador to the U.S.to be removed from the country.
Turkey has claimed the demonstrators were associated with the PKK, which has waged a three-decade-long insurgency against Turkey and is considered a terrorist group by the United States.
Members of Erdogan's bodyguards charged included Turgut Akar, Ismail Dalkiran, Servet Erkan, Tugay Erkan, Ahmet Karabay, Feride Kayasan, Lutfu Kutluca, Mustafa Murat Sumercan, Gokhan Yildirim, Ismail Ergunduz, Mehmet Sarman and Hamza Yurteri. You will recall that video appeared to show Turkey's president Erdogan speaking to his guards immediately before they turned and attacked protestors standing in the street.
A Washington police spokesman described the assault as a "brutal attack on a peaceful protest" that left 11 people were hurt, nine of them badly enough to receive hospital treatment.
Close-up footage shared on social media showed Turkish officials dressed in suits beating and punching people in the crowd and, in at least one case, kicking out at a woman splayed on the ground.
In addition to the suspects named Thursday, four individuals who were part of the Pro-Erodogan demonstration and not security personnel were previously charged in connection with the brawl.
"Never seen anything like this: a female protester just tackled".
Erkan was also charged on Thursday.
The New York Times identified this man in the white shirt as Eyup Yildirim, of Manchester, N.J. A man holding a bullhorn was repeatedly kicked in the face.
Usoyan sustained a head injury and went to the hospital.
Both men are Turkish nationals and were arrested on charges of aggravated assault, according to Commander Rob Fernandez of the task force.
Below is the entire statement published on Turkey's Foreign Ministry site.