Police in DC have issued arrest warrants for a dozen members of Turkish president Recep Tayyip Erdoğan's entourage for brazenly attacking and beating demonstrators outside their country's embassy in Washington during a visit in May.
The new warrants come after four other pro-Erdoğan protesters were arrested over the past month, and a congressional resolution condemning the attacks. Most of the security detail, who were tasked with guarding the president during his trip to the capitol, face simple assault charges, although two face felony charges of assault causing significant bodily injury.
"The charges filed against the 12 Turkish security officials show that the US does not tolerate individuals who use intimidation and violence to stifle freedom of speech," said State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert in a briefing on Thursday. "The department will determine if additional steps will need to be taken."
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