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Turkish president slams US charges for guards

16 June 2017, 06:14 | Katrina Lee

Eyup Yildirim kicking Kurdish protester outside Turkish embassy

Eyup Yildirim kicking Kurdish protester outside Turkish embassy

He was seen on video punching a protester and then kicking him twice as he was lying defenceless on the ground. The two Americans were identified as are Sinan Narin of Virginia and Eyup Yildirim of New Jersey. Two more are Canadian, the D.C. police chief said. He also said two arrests were made Wednesday. The State Department tells ABC News they are considering taking additional action against those individuals overseas, which could mean barring future entry or revoking visas.

Twelve of the remaining suspects are Turkish citizens and have not been detained.

Speaking at dinner on Thursday to break the Ramadan fast in Ankara, Turkey, President Recep Tayyip Erdogan asked, "What kind of a law is this?".

The pair told the CBC a year ago that they are staunch supporters of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan and had voted to elect him.

Neither has been arrested yet; the police described them as "wanted".

A group of Turkish citizens, who were also there to support Erdo─čan and Turkey, started to respond to the group's verbal harassment.

A Jersey Shore resident and business owner has been arrested on charges that he participated in a violent attack on demonstrators outside the Turkish ambassador's residence. They are among the most likely to face actual consequences.

The New York Times notes that this isn't the first time Erdogan's security detail has misbehaved on US soil.

The four civilians accused have no such protection, however.

Holman declined to comment to a reporter, as is office policy.

The Turkish foreign ministry officially "invited" the United States ambassador in for discussions after the announcement.

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In video footage captured by Voice of America Turkey, Mr. Erdogan is seen in his auto in the driveway at the ambassador's residence with a view of the demonstration across the street, arriving shortly after fighting between pro-Turkish civilians and pro-Kurdish demonstrators had wound down.

"If they attempt to enter the United States, they will be arrested", Metropolitan Police Department Chief Peter Newsham said of the security officers charged in the case.

"This is the type of offense that is extreme in nature".

Chief Newsham did not comment on whether police will pursue extradition but said that if any of those charged with a crime feel that their actions were justified, he encouraged them to defend themselves in a USA court. Those 16 people charged this week are in addition to two other USA citizens charged with simple assault at the time of the incident.

"We will defend the First Amendment, and we will make sure our laws are being enforced", Bowser said Thursday.

The incident was caught on camera and caused a diplomatic crisis, with Turkey and the USA summoning each other's ambassadors and members of Congress expressing outrage.

Protesters gathered outside of the embassy to condemn Erdogan's visit to America.

Up until the charges were filed, all that had come of the attack was a lot of finger shaking and tongue wagging, with a number of Washington lawmakers weighing in. It occurred in broad daylight on a quiet Washington street soon after Erdogan met Trump at the White House.

The protesters, he said, "were not physically aggressive in any way, nor were they even physically proximate to the pro-Erdogan contingent".

Erdogan lashed back, accusing United States police of having allowed "terrorists" to protest "50 meters from me" during his U.S. visit.



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