More ar­rests in con­nec­tion to Turk­ish protest skir­mish

The Washington Times Daily - - METRO - BY LAURA KELLY

Metropoli­tan Po­lice have ar­rested two more peo­ple in con­nec­tion with a vi­o­lent skir­mish out­side the Turk­ish am­bas­sador’s res­i­dence last month.

Si­nan Narin of Vir­ginia was charged with felony ag­gra­vated as­sault and mis­de­meanor as­sault, po­lice said in an email.

Eyup Yildirim of New Jersey was charged with felony as­sault with sig­nif­i­cant bod­ily in­jury, felony ag­gra­vated as­sault and mis­de­meanor as­sault. He is be­ing held in New Jersey and is await­ing ex­tra­di­tion to Wash­ing­ton.

The ar­rests come nearly one month af­ter mem­bers of Turk­ish Pres­i­dent Tayip Re­cepp Er­do­gan’s se­cu­rity team, along with pro-Er­do­gan demon­stra­tors, at­tacked pro-Kur­dish pro­test­ers out­side the res­i­dence of the am­bas­sador’s res­i­dence on May 16.

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

Other video cap­tured by VOA and on cell­phones showed men in dark suits, khaki uni­forms and armed with pis­tols, kick­ing, punch­ing and chok­ing pro-Kur­dish pro­test­ers who were ac­com­pa­nied by D.C. po­lice in an ap­proved demon­stra­tion against the Turk­ish pres­i­dent’s visit.

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

Two peo­ple were ar­rested shortly af­ter the fight­ing, although pho­tos of nearly 24 peo­ple were iden­ti­fied in a re­port by The New York Times when scru­ti­niz­ing video footage of the fight.

In the re­port, Mr. Narin is seen in video footage with blood on his face and his shirt ripped open be­fore run­ning across the street and kick­ing proKur­dish pro­tester Lucy Usoyan who had been pushed to 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,” adding that he was try­ing to pro­tect him­self.

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

The only other men the The Times was able to iden­tify by name and ap­peared to be pri­vate cit­i­zens in­cluded Alp­ke­nan Dereci, a cousin of Mr. Yildrim and who had trav­eled to D.C. from Toronto with is other cousin, Ah­met C. Dereci.

Metropoli­tan Po­lice Chief Peter New­sham said at the time the depart­ment would do ev­ery­thing in its power to bring those ac­count­able to jus­tice. He did not com­ment on the dif­fi­cul­ties of ar­rest­ing and charg­ing mem­bers of Mr. Er­do­gan’s se­cu­rity team, who pos­si­bly would be pro­tected by diplo­matic im­mu­nity and had left the coun­try.


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