Turk­ish am­bas­sador home melee leads to two more ar­rests

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - — Laura Kelly

Two more peo­ple were ar­rested in con­nec­tion with vi­o­lent at­tacks on peace­ful pro­test­ers out­side the Turk­ish am­bas­sador’s res­i­dence in D.C. last month, po­lice con­firmed in an email to The Wash­ing­ton Times, bring­ing the to­tal num­ber of ar­rests to four.

Si­nan Narin of Vir­ginia and Eyup Yildirim of New Jersey were both charged with felony as­sault and lesser crimes.

The ar­rests come af­ter mem­bers of vis­it­ing Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Tayip Re­cepp Er­do­gan’s se­cu­rity team, along with pro-Er­do­gan demon­stra­tors, were caught on video at­tack­ing pro-Kur­dish pro­test­ers en­gag­ing in an ap­proved demon­stra­tion out­side the res­i­dence of the Turk­ish am­bas­sador.

Mr. Er­do­gan had just left a May 16 meet­ing with Pres­i­dent Trump at the White House. Video cap­tured by Voice of Amer­ica showed the Turk­ish pres­i­dent look­ing on as the fight­ing be­gan.

At least 11 peo­ple and one po­lice of­fi­cer were in­jured dur­ing the fight­ing.

Mr. Narin is seen in video footage with blood on his face and his shirt ripped open be­fore run­ning across the street and kick­ing pro-Kur­dish pro­tester Lucy Usoyan on the ground.

“I wasn’t pay­ing at­ten­tion,” Mr. Narin said in an in­ter­view with The New York Times. “I thought it was a man. I would never kick a woman,” he said, adding he was try­ing to pro­tect him­self.

Mr. Yildirim was also iden­ti­fied in the Times re­port as also kick­ing Ms. Usoyan while she lie on the ground.

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