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In this file frame grab from video, members of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security detail are shown violently reacting to peaceful protesters during his trip to Washington in May.
In this file frame grab from video, members of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's security detail are shown violently reacting to peaceful protesters during his trip to Washington in May.

NINETEEN people, including 15 of the Turkish President's bodyguards, have been charged over the May 16 beatings of peaceful protesters in Washington DC.

They are accused of conspiring to attack Armenian and Kurdish demonstrators - an offence punishable by up to 15 years in jail - as well as assaulting US police who intervened.

The protesters were outside the Washington DC home of the Turkish ambassador during President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's visit with President Trump when the bodyguards began openly and savagely punching and kicking them.

Sixteen were charged on June 13 and an indictment on Tuesday added three - all Turkish security officials.

Two were arrested in June and face court next week but 17 are at large and some have returned to Turkey with Mr Erdogan.

The district attorney levelled 21 counts of assault and hate crimes based on the victims' ethnicity.

Topics:  assault charges kurdish protesters



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