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Newsline: Turkish guards charged in embassy protests in Washington

D.C. authorities announce criminal charges Thursday against 12 members of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security detail and the police force who authorities say attacked protesters outside the ambassador’s residence last month, according to two officials familiar with the case. Police officials say arrest warrants have been issued and that the suspects, all believed to be in Turkey, are now wanted in the United States. The charges come nearly a month after the clashes at Sheridan Circle along Massachusetts Avenue’s Embassy Row. Police and other officials say various members of Erdogan’s visiting security team, some of them armed, attacked a group protesting his regime as police struggled to restore order. People injured in the May 16 attack and U.S. lawmakers have criticized the initial response, which was complicated by issues of diplomatic immunity and relations with Turkey, which is sure to be angry over the warrants. Officials at the Turkish Embassy in Washington could not be reached. Some critics were angry that police did not make more arrests on the spot. The U.S. State Department ordered a federal police agency to release two presidential guards taken into custody, saying they had diplomatic immunity.

https://www.washingtonpost.com/local/public-safety/turkish-guards-will-be-charged-in-embassy-protests-officials-say/2017/06/14/fecee1ea-46d1-11e7-bcde-624ad94170ab_story.html

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