Two arrested over brawl during Turkish leader's USA visit

Eyup Yildirim kicking Kurdish protester outside Turkish embassy

United States police have issued arrest warrants for a dozen Turkish security agents and two others accused of taking part in a violent altercation with protesters on May 16 as Turkey's president visited Washington. Two Canadians of Turkish origin were also charged in the incident.

The State Department confirmed in a statement to TheDC that arrests have been, and the Washington, D.C. Metro police department identified the two men as Eyup Yildirim and Sinan Narin.

"The US ambassador to Ankara was summoned to the Foreign Ministry to meet with Deputy Foreign Minister Umit Yalcin, after it became known that the US authorities issued a warrant for the arrest of several Turkish citizens, including the security officers of our president, in connection with the incident that occurred at the residence of the Turkish ambassador in Washington on May 16", the ministry said in a statement. Ellialti also faces a charge of felony aggravated assault.

And then there was the added wrinkle that the entire security detail for President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey had left the country with him just hours after the incident.

Some Turkish security officials were briefly detained at the time by USA law enforcement for their role in the brawl, but they were released on the scene because "customary global law affords heads of state and members of their entourage with inviolability from arrest and detention", a State Department official told ABC News at the time.

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"We all saw the violence that was perpetrated against the protesters", Newsham said.

Erdogan watched the beatdown from his vehicle and a few hours later left the country with his security detail - which presents a bit of a problem with actually meting out punishment.

Metropolitan Police identified the two Turkish nationals arrested for their alleged roles in the brawl.

In the video posted by the Voice of America's Turkish Service, an aide leans into the auto to speak to someone inside, as protesters can be heard chanting in the background. The Toronto police, which often arrests people wanted in other jurisdictions, did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

"We will defend the First Amendment, and we will make sure our laws are being enforced", Bowser said Thursday. Eleven people were injured and nine were hospitalized, as Erdogan watched from his Mercedes-Benz. It is likely they will be extradited to face those charges in the United States.

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The Latest on charges filed against Turkish security agents in Washington, D.C. "And the leveling of charges might embolden other countries to ignore similar immunity agreements, putting USA diplomats overseas at risk".

Footage of the brawl showed Erdogan supporters and security personnel clashing with protesters, tackling and kicking demonstrators. Demonstrators were protesting Erdogan's increasingly authoritarian regime outside the Turkish ambassador's residence when a group of men stormed their picket line and started throwing punches.

The pro-Turkish government newspaper Daily Sabah quoted the president as saying: "We will do everything, politically, diplomatically, to resolve it".

A video posted online has shown men in dark suits chasing anti-government protesters and punching and kicking them as police intervened.

Officials say they'll announce the charges Thursday morning. He repeatedly urged those with an outstanding warrant to turn themselves over to US officials. Newsham said Thursday there was no indication that the protesters were part of a terrorist group.

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