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Arrest warrants and wanted posters have been issued in Washington, DC for a dozen security details who are part of the Turkish president’s security team.
The security officials are being accused of assaulting protesters who gathered in a park known as Sheridan Circle across from the Turkish ambassador’s residence in protest of President Erdogan‘s visit to the USA. Washington Mayor Muriel Bowser called the violence “clear assault on the First Amendment,” according to the Wall Street Journal. The incident was caught on multiple news cameras as well as cellphones by onlookers, making it possible for the accused security details to be clearly identified.
“If they attempt to enter the United States, they will be arrested,” Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham said of the security officials, as State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said that the USA is not ruling out seeking extradition.
President Erdogan and Ankara have made allegations that the protestors were acting on behalf of the militant Kurdish group known as the PKK and following the announcement of the charges being brought against his security officials, Erdogan lashed out saying: “What kind of law is this?” Mr. Erdogan questioned on Thursday night in Ankara. “If my bodyguards cannot protect me, then why am I bringing them to America with me?” he added.