Two Canadians among those sought over DC attack on Turkey protesters

Two Canadians among those sought over DC attack on Turkey protesters

"You had peaceful demonstrators who were being physically assaulted in the District of Columbia ..."

Announcing the charges, DC Mayor Muriel Bowser and Police Chief Peter Newsham decried the actions of the guards as an assault on free speech, and said the charges should send a message to the world that the capital of the United States was a safe space for free expression.

However, she did note that their diplomatic immunity lapsed when they left the country, and they would be subject to arrest if they returned to the United States.

The brawl took place outside the residence of Turkey's ambassador to Washington shortly after President Donald Trump warmly received Erdogan at the White House.

Newsham said there was no probable cause to arrest Erdogan, who watched the confrontation unfold from a nearby vehicle. He was seen on video punching a protester and then kicking him twice as he was lying defenceless on the ground.

But Mehmet Yuksel, who arrived immediately after the incident and knows nearly all of the dozen or so demonstrators, said they weren't connected with the PKK. "It was very much unexpected". Members of the security team face several felony and misdemeanour counts, the USA officials said.




Mahmut Sami Ellialti and Ahmet Cengizham Dereci face charges of felony assault with significant bodily injury. Police are expected to release photos of the other 8 possible suspects and appeal to the public for information on their identities, the official said.

The Turkish Embassy in Washington did not respond to questions about whether Ankara would extradite those charged in the attack who are now in Turkey.

Just last week the House of Representatives passed a bill condemning the violence and asking for punishment. Pro-government media in Turkey have portrayed the Turkish side as the victims in the melee, and the government has blamed USA officials for allowing a demonstration to occur near the ambassador's residence in the first place.

State Department officials will be working on trying to bring Turkish security officials charged in the incident to face justice in the U.S., Newsham said. Any decisions about seeking extradition will be up to the State Department.

"We all saw the violence that was perpetrated against the protesters", Newsham said. It also declares that "U.S. respect for free speech requires US officials to speak out against such incidents", a sad attempt at forcing Donald Trump, who hasn't publicly addressed the situation, into giving a shit. We host demonstrations month to month.

"We host millions of people who come to the seat of their government to protest peacefully", Bowser said. He also said two arrests were made on Wednesday. "And certainly anyone traveling to the United States will be held to that standard".

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