Washington officials to respond to attack on anti-Erdogan crowd

Members of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security detail are shown attacking peaceful protesters during Erdogan's trip to Washington in May

The daytime brawl outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in the city on May 16 left nine protesters injured and strained U.S. Nine people were hurt.

The Metropolitan Police Department said in a brief statement that Sinan Narin had been arrested in Virginia on an aggravated assault charge. It has already halted the progress of a $1.2 million arms sale to Turkey, according to the New York Times.

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

Turkey summoned the US Ambassador in Ankara, John Bass, to the Foreign Ministry on Thursday after American authorities issued arrest warrants for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's bodyguards, the ministry said in a statement.

"The charges filed against the 12 Turkish security officials show that the US does not tolerate individuals who use intimidation and violence to stifle freedom of speech", said State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert in a briefing on Thursday.

The paper further reported, however, that it was high unlikely that any of those charged would face extradition to the United States, although they would face arrest if they ever returned.

Outstanding warrants have been issued for the remaining 14 people - two Canadians and 12 Turkish citizens.

"If you are a law-abiding person and you feel like you did not do anything wrong, then please present yourself here to answer to these charges". When asked what about those who aren't law-abiding, he added, "That remains to be seen".

A video of the incident showed Erdogan talking to his subordinates shortly before the fighting broke out.


Turkish officials have admitted that security officers participated in the fracas but said they were acting in self defense, contending that protesters started the brawl and that D.C. police refused to arrest them.

Demonstrators were protesting Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian regime outside the Turkish ambassador's residence when a group of men stormed their picket line and started throwing punches.

"This decision taken by U.S. authorities is wrong, biased and lacks legal basis", Turkey's Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

"When they come here, they insist only US security be responsible for the protection of their officials and they don't want our police to provide assistance".

However, the Turkish Embassy said protesters had provoked Turkish-Americans who were there to greet the president, and they in turn responded in self-defence.

Senior Republicans and Democrats in Congress had both demanded that Erdogan's team be condemned and held to account.

The melee has become a major irritant in U.S. "These types of unprovoked attacks on innocent Americans and their Constitutional rights can never happen again".

President Erdogan was in a auto parked nearby and witnessed the May incident.

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