Published: Sun, June 18, 2017
World | By Carl Welch

Two Canadians among those sought by United States authorities over attack on protesters

Two Canadians among those sought by United States authorities over attack on protesters

USA authorities have issued arrest warrants for 12 Turkish security guards.

US officials had strongly criticized the Turkish government after Erdogan's security forces for the violence, and the State Department summoned Turkey's ambassador to the complain.

Washington, DC, police issued warrants for the bodyguards on Thursday, at a press conference decorated with photos of the men stamped "WANTED" in red. They said arrest warrants had been issued for the 12 guards, who left the country with Mr. Erdogan just hours after the attack.

"What kind of a rule, what kind of a law is this?"

"If my bodyguards can not protect me then why am I bringing them to America with me?"

"Everyone should know their place", Erdogan said.

"The U.S. police did nothing. If you want to seek justice, then the place in Turkey to find justice is the parliament", he added. "Therefore, Turkish citizens can not be held responsible for the incident that took place", the Foreign Ministry said in a statement.

Turkey also accuses FETO of being behind a long-running campaign to overthrow the state through the infiltration of Turkish institutions, particularly the military, police and judiciary.

"Why would I bring my guards with me to the United States, if not to protect me?" he said in a speech in Ankara, adding that USA police "did nothing". The Foreign Ministry called the decision "wrong and partial" while underlining that USA authorities failed to take necessary precautions around the embassy."It has been conveyed to the ambassador that this decision taken by US authorities is wrong, biased and lacks legal basis and the brawl in front of the Turkish ambassador's residence was caused by the failure of local security authorities to take necessary measures".

USA marshals arrested two Turkish men who live in the United States on Wednesday morning.

He also said two arrests were made on Wednesday.

"I would like to be an optimist and hope that the people responsible for these things we all saw on video will come here and turn themselves in", said Chief Peter Newsham of the Washington police.

The charges against the 12, along with six other Turkish-Americans and Turkish-Canadians who joined the melee, "send a clear message that the United States does not tolerate individuals who use intimidation and violence to stifle freedom of speech and legitimate political expression", said state department spokeswoman Heather Nauert.

KELEMEN: State Department spokesperson Heather Nauret wouldn't say whether the USA would seek the extradition of the Turkish security personnel.

Erdogan's security detail returned with him to Turkey after his visit, so it was unclear if any would face any immediate U.S. legal repercussions.

Turkey has not stated whether it will hand-over the officials concerned to the US for prosecution or waive their diplomatic immunity.

"They should bring themselves here to the U.S. to answer these charges", Newsham said.

Shortly after Erdogan's limousine pulled up, his security officers and supporters rushed across the street at the protesters "in a almost simultaneous, coordinated throng", the detective said. Men in dark suits and others were recorded repeatedly kicking one woman as she lay curled on a sidewalk.

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