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Turkey summons USA ambassador over brawl arrest warrants

24 Juin 2017

Although Washington police have arrest warrants for the 12 Turkish bodyguards, the suspects have by now all returned to Turkey.

Supporters of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdogan have attacked peaceful protesters in Washington D.C. The demonstration, which began at Lafayette Square at noon, was organized by a coalition of organizations, including the Armenian National Committee of America (ANCA) and the American Hellenic Council.

U.S. Authorities have issued arrest warrants for a dozen Turkish security guards involved in a clash outside the Turkish ambassador's residence Washington police said on Thursday.

Turkey said that the "lapses of security" during Erdogan's stay were "caused by the inability of USA authorities to take sufficient precautions at every stage of the official program".

"The violent attacks by Turkish security forces on peaceful protestors in Washington were completely and totally unjustified", Royce stated.

A still shot of footage of the violence that erupted outside the Turkish embassy last month.

And though there were questions about whether Erdogan and his security detail had diplomatic immunity at the time of the beating, a bipartisain group of US senators urged the State Department to condemn the attack.

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"We all saw the violence that was perpetrated against the protesters", Newsham said. 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. With two men arrested on Wednesday and two arrested immediately following the incident, the total number facing charges is now 18.

KELEMEN: State Department spokesperson Heather Nauret wouldn't say whether the US would seek the extradition of the Turkish security personnel.

Newsman said the warrents were issued by the D.C. police, not the state department.

During a speech Erdogan gave at the Brookings Institute on March 31, 2016, several D.C. journalists witnessed the Turkish president's bodyguards assault protesters. Men in dark suits and others were recorded repeatedly kicking one woman as she lay curled on a sidewalk.

The guards were seen on video kicking and punching the protesters, some beating them to the ground.

The showdown between Erdogan's guards and the protesters came as tensions between the United States and Turkey continued to rise over America's backing of the Syrian Kurdish rebels.