Two Men Who Attacked Protesters During Erdogan’s Visit Arrested

At least two suspects who attacked protesters in Washington D.C. last month during the visit of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey were arrested.

The State Department told The Globe Post that it would like to thank the Department of Justice and the investigative agencies for their diligence.

“We are committed to holding those responsible for the violence on May 16 accountable. As we have previously stated, the events surrounding the conduct of Turkish Security personnel during President Erdogan’s visit to the United States are troubling,” a State Department spokesperson said.

On May 16, President Erdogan’s guards and officials working for the Turkish Embassy in Washington, D.C., involved in a brawl with a group of protesters outside the embassy residence. A group of Kurdish and Armenian protesters tried to voice their disapproval and criticism for President Erdogan’s policies against Turkey’s Kurds.

On Monday, U.S. law enforcement officials detained Eyup Yildirim of New Jersey and Sinan Narin of Virginia for their role in the brawl outside the embassy residence.

The State Department says now that charges have been filed, the Department will weigh additional actions for the named individuals, as appropriate under relevant laws and regulations. “Any further steps will be responsive and proportional to the charges,” the spokesperson said.