Twelve people linked to Turkish security face arrest after Washington brawl

Two men have been arrested for their role in a violent altercation outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence during a recent visit to Washington by Turkey’s president, police said Wednesday. The New York Times reported that officials in the U.S. administration were privately furious over the brazen use of force against peaceful protesters -and Washington DC police officers – by Erdogan’s men, and that the charges against them is part of the American punishment for the incident.Turkey summoned the U.S. Ambassador in Ankara, John Bass, to the Foreign Office on Thursday after American authorities issued arrest warrants for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s bodyguards, the Foreign Ministry said in a statement, APA reports quoting Anadolu agency. Hamparian’s video showed pro-Erdogan forces crossing a police line and beating peaceful protesters-elderly men and several women – who were on the ground bleeding during most of the attack.The daytime brawl outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence left nine protesters injured and strained US-Turkish relations.Ellialti has also been charged with aggravated assault while Dereci faces a charge of misdemeanor assault or threatened assault in a menacing manner. If any are still in the country, they could be expelled if Turkey refuses to waive diplomatic immunity. Turkey has said that the guards felt compelled to shut down the protest because D.C. police would not. A man holding a bullhorn was repeatedly kicked in the face. Sinan Narin of Virginia was accused of aggravated assault and a misdemeanor assault, said Washington police in a brief statement.Media reported that law enforcement officials plan to announce charges on June 15 against a dozen members of the Turkish president’s security detail.Turkey’s U.S. embassy alleged 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.The US complained to Turkey about the incident and confirmed that Turkish security guards were involved.HARI SREENIVASAN: Erdogan responded to the charges, and said the demonstrators were associated with Kurdish militants who’ve been engaged in a long insurgency against the Turkish government.Authorities said they identified the suspects by comparing video of the melee to passport and visa images, using facial recognition techniques.Turkey called in the US ambassador to Ankara for talks following the announcement, while the Turkish Foreign Ministry released a statement claiming that the decision to prosecute was wrong, biased and lacking in legal basis.”Now that charges have been filed, the Department will weigh additional actions for the named individuals, as appropriate under relevant laws and regulations”.