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Erdogan's Guards to Be Charged in Beating of Protesters, US Officials Say

16 June 2017

USA officials on Wednesday arrested two protesters who were allegedly involved in the clash outside the Turkish ambassador's residence.

Erdogan's visit sparked outrage after a video surfaced of Turkish president's security guards and supporters attacking a group of protesters outside the embassy.

Sinan Narin of Virginia was arrested at his job near McLean, Virginia and charged with felony aggravated assault and misdemeanor assault or threatened assault in a menacing manner. It said the suspect was kicking protesters who were already on the ground, according to videos posted on social media.

Warrants were also issued for two Canadian citizens, he said.

The men, some dressed in suits and ties, were captured on video brushing past US law enforcement and beating up protesters in what Washington police described as a "brutal attack". 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. The Turkish citizens reportedly objected to this.

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

The State Department responded by saying "violence is never an appropriate response to free speech" and that officials are "communicating our concern with the Turkish government in the strongest possible terms".

A total of 18 people have been charged in the incident. They are among the most likely to face actual consequences.

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Turkey's foreign ministry has "invited" the US ambassador in Ankara to condemn arrest warrants issued for a dozen Turkish security agents accused of attacking protesters during President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit to Washington last month. The civilians involved enjoy no such political protection.

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

The incident outside the Turkish Ambassador's Residence during Erdogan's visit to Washington has strained U.S. The brawl was just business as usual for Erdogan's team, for whom even a few criminal charges were worth the opportunity to give those protesting a gathering of Turkish-Americans a taste of home.

"We'd like to hear what you have to say", Police Chief Peter Newsham said.

"This is the type of offense that is extreme in nature". Alpkenan Dereci, who was seen on video punching and shoving a protester, has not been charged with any offence. Bowser condemned the attack, calling it an affront to US values and an assault on the First Amendment. We support them. We make sure that they are safe, but we also make sure that they follow our laws.

Later when Erdoğan arrived at the embassy building, protesters continued their grave insults, shouted slogans and threw water bottles.

"Anyone traveling to the United States will be held to that same standard", she said.

Lawmakers were infuriated by the brazenness of the attack.