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N.J. woman says Turkey president’s bodyguards beat her during D.C. protest (VIDEO)

A 26-year-old New Jersey woman alleges she was beaten in Washington, D.C by Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s bodyguards[1] during what began as a peaceful protest Tuesday, according to a BuzzFeed report. Ceren Borazan, who lives in East Rutherford, says a security officer put her in a headlock and threatened to kill her during a large altercation between protesters and Turkish security outside the embassy on Wednesday. The Turkish president had just returned to the embassy after meeting with President Donald Trump at the White House when violence broke out as Turkish security pushed past police to confront protesters.

PLEASE JOIN ME by asking 4 justice for those of us who were attacked yesterday by Erdogan’s bodyguards. #ArrestErdogansBodyguards pic.twitter.com/NQWN8gV5Dx[2][3]

— Ceren Borazan (@CerenBorazan) May 17, 2017[4]

Borazan, a Kurd who emigrated to the U.S in 2013, was also thrown to the ground, punched and kicked by a bodyguard, a police report states. She said she escaped when a stranger let her into his car. Twelve people, including a police officer were hurt during the melee.

“My Kurdish friends and allies were protesting peacefully against Erdogan being in Washington when were suddenly attacked by a group of Erdogan’s official bodyguards and secret police,” Borazan wrote on Facebook. “They attacked women, children and elderly with reckless abandon. U.S. officials strongly criticized the Turkish government.

“Violence is never an appropriate response to free speech, and we support the rights of people everywhere to free expression and peaceful protest,” State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said in a statement. “We are communicating our concern to the Turkish government in the strongest possible terms.”

Attacking the small group of protesters with their fists and feet, men in dark suits and others were recorded repeatedly kicking a different woman as she lay curled on a sidewalk. A man with a bullhorn is repeatedly kicked in the face. Video shows people pushing past police to confront a small group of protesters across the street in Sheridan Circle. Turkey’s official Anadolu news agency labeled the protesters Kurdish “supporters of terror.” It said they chanted anti-Erdogan slogans, and that Erdogan’s team moved in to disperse them because “police did not heed to Turkish demands to intervene.”

In a statement, the Turkish Embassy blamed the violence on the demonstrators, saying they were “aggressively provoking Turkish-American citizens who had peacefully assembled to greet the President. The Turkish-Americans responded in self-defense and one of them was seriously injured.”

.@TasneemN spoke to the woman in this photo about what Erdogan’s goon told her https://t.co/Bjio1CeTWf pic.twitter.com/aGDTaGHs72[5][6][7]

— Ben Smith (@BuzzFeedBen) May 18, 2017[8]

Ayten Necmi, 49, of Woodside, N.Y., was charged with aggravated assault, police said, after a woman who was thrown to the ground and kicked identified Necmi as her attacker.

Jalal Kheirabadi, 42, of Fairfax, Virginia, charged with assaulting a police officer, refused treatment for cuts to his face.

The man who attacked Borazan has not been identified.

The Associated Press contributed to this report.

References

  1. ^ beaten in Washington, D.C by Turkey President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s bodyguards (www.buzzfeed.com)
  2. ^ #ArrestErdogansBodyguards (twitter.com)
  3. ^ pic.twitter.com/NQWN8gV5Dx (t.co)
  4. ^ May 17, 2017 (twitter.com)
  5. ^ @TasneemN (twitter.com)
  6. ^ https://t.co/Bjio1CeTWf (t.co)
  7. ^ pic.twitter.com/aGDTaGHs72 (t.co)
  8. ^ May 18, 2017 (twitter.com)

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