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Newsline: Turkish president condemns US decision to charge bodyguards after embassy brawl

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan furiously condemned the United States for charging two of Erdogan’s bodyguards for the bloody May brawl outside the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C. In a statement, Turkey’s ministry of foreign affairs said the arrests of Erdogan’s bodyguards are “wrong, biased and lacks legal basis” following the melee that sent nine protesters to the hospital. “That the brawl in front of the Turkish Ambassador’s Residence was caused by the failure of local security authorities to take necessary measures; that this incident would not have occurred if the US authorities had taken the usual measures they take in similar high level visits and therefore that Turkish citizens cannot be held responsible for the incident that took place,” the ministry’s statement reads, according to reports. In televised remarks Thursday night, Erdogan furiously attacked his NATO ally for the arrests. He explained that his bodyguards’ presence at the brawl was merely to protect him, despite video that shows him watching from a nearby car while his guards are fighting. “Why would I take my guards to the United States if not to protect myself?” Erdogan asked. D.C. Metropolitan Police Chief Peter Newsham said that the violence at the embassy was unprecedented, and that the Turkish Embassy’s “self-defense” explanation wouldn’t fly.

http://thehill.com/homenews/news/338093-erdogan-condemns-us-decision-to-charge-bodyguards-over-embassy-protester

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