East Rutherford resident Ceren Borazan on May 24, 2017 tells Rep. Bill Pascrell about her being thrown to the ground and kicked by security guards protecting Turkey President Recep Erdogan during a May 16 protest outside the Turkish embassy. Herb Jackson/NorthJersey.com
Ceren Borazan of East Rutherford tells Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. on Wednesday about being choked, thrown to the ground and kicked by Turkish security while protesting in Washington during a May 16 visit by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.(Photo: Herb Jackson/NorthJersey.com)
A Kurdish college student from East Rutherford told Rep. Bill Pascrell Jr. on Wednesday about being choked, thrown to the ground and kicked by what appeared to be Turkish security during what had been a peaceful protest in Washington, D.C., earlier this month. Ceren Borazan, 26, said she suffered a burst blood vessel in her eye and still has headaches and nightmares, and some other protesters have had repeated trips to the hospital for treatment. She said she has remained in the Washington area with friends since the May 16 attack, afraid to return home because of threats she received on social media that included publication of a police report with her home address.
Initial report: Protest outside Turkish Embassy in D.C. turns violent
“I m afraid for my life and I m worried about my friends lives, because these people are really proud of themselves they keep saying: That s not enough for you,” Borazan said. “They say we have a lost bullet for you. They say we know your home address, we re going to catch you somehow; they say they re going to rape you.”
“Legitimate security people do not do that,” Pascrell told her. “Nazis do that.”
The meeting across from the House chamber was hastily arranged in between House votes after Borazan showed up at Pascrell’s office to thank him for promising on Twitter to seek justice.
At one point during the discussion, Pascrell told an aide to find out how Borazan’s police report was released.
“Find out how come somebody else got access,” Pascrell said. He advised Borazan to get her own copy of the police report and provide it to East Rutherford police and alert them when she returns home, so they can protect her.
“The police will be very cooperative, I assure you, because they want to prevent things from happening,” Pascrell said. A bipartisan bill condemning the attack, which occurred outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence after Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived from a meeting with President Donald Trump, will be considered Thursday by the House Foreign Affairs Committee.
President Donald Trump, accompanied by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, speaks in the Roosevelt Room of the White House on May 16. (Photo: Evan Vucci/AP)
“After hours of peaceful protest, violence erupted when pro-Erdogan supporters and individuals from the Turkish Embassy grounds pushed past District of Columbia police officers to brutally attack the demonstrators,” the resolution says. A widely shared video shows the well-dressed security forces of the Turkish president push past police to break up the protest outside the diplomatic residence. One woman was shown being kicked repeatedly as she lay on the sidewalk, while a man is seen being kicked in the face. A guard grabs another woman’s neck and throws her to the ground. The House resolution calls for “any Turkish security officials who directed, oversaw, or participated in efforts by Turkish security forces to illegally suppress peaceful protests” to be charged and prosecuted under United States law.
The measure notes, however, that two armed security officers in the security detail were detained at the scene for assaulting federal agents, but were released and allowed to leave the United States.
The attack outside the Turkish embassy is an attack on the freedoms we protect as Americans,” Pascrell said after meeting Borazan. “Those responsible must be brought to justice, for the victims, for the nation, and for the sake of setting a precedent to make crystal-clear that you cannot attack peaceful protesters in America. It cannot happen.
Borazan said she was a glad for a chance to tell her story.
“I don t feel alone when the congressmen speak up about us, about our rights,” she said. “It s not just because I m Kurdish, it s because of being in the United States, being American.”Read or Share this story: https://njersy.co/2rS85tF
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Thief breaks into ABC7 News bait car during smash-and-grab in Northwest D.C., Tuesday, May 23, 2017 (ABC7 photo)
Investigator Scott Taylor caught not one — but two — pairs of criminals, breaking into our bait cars. So far this year, there have been 621 reported thefts from vehicles in the 2nd District. People who live in the area want it to stop. Jane Perkins, who lives in Northwest, can t believe the thefts numbers are so high.
600? I’m shocked. Can’t they catch these people?” Perkins asked.
In 2017, the 3rd District leads the way in reported thefts from autos with more than 1,000. The ABC7 News bait car worked so well, the I-Team caught a second pair on video breaking in. After we spotted them driving down the street, D.C. Police arrested them. The I-Team wants to know why D.C. Police aren’t using bait cars to put a stop to all these smash and grabs?
“It’s just not worth it,” D.C. Police Union Chairman Matt Mahl told ABC7 News.
DC Police tell the I-Team it’s a legal issue but Mahl says it’s all about risk and reward.
“In this case, the labor intensiveness and the monetary intensiveness of a bait car to get a small award just isn t feasible,” Mahl added. The small reward turns out to be just a citation for thieves, which is exactly what the two suspects received after the they were arrested. Both were back on the street within hours and the I-Team witnessed right smash-and-grab thieves like to return to the scene of the crime.
If convicted, smash-and-grab suspects face up to 180 days in jail and up to a $1,000 fine.
ISTANBUL – Turkey s Foreign Ministry lodged a formal protest Monday with the U.S. ambassador to Ankara over what it said were lapses of security during a violent confrontation between protesters and Turkish bodyguards during President Recep Tayyip Erdogan s visit to Washington earlier this month. The summoning of the ambassador, John Bass, sharply escalated a diplomatic rift between Turkey and the United States after the brawl, which prompted outrage in the United States, as well as calls for the prosecution of the Turkish guards and even the expulsion of Turkey s ambassador to Washington.
American and Turkish officials have provided directly contrasting versions of how the violence unfolded. Local police said the Turkish guards savagely attacked a peaceful protest outside the Turkish ambassador s residence as Erdogan was visiting. The melee, which was recorded by video journalists, showed what appeared to be Turkish security guards kicking and choking protesters as D.C. police struggled to contain the unrest. The footage also showed that Erdogan was watching, from a distance, as the fighting raged. Turkish diplomats have criticized the local police for failing to quell an unpermitted and provocative demonstration.
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The Turkish Foreign Ministry s statement on Monday went even further, criticizing the inability of U.S. authorities to take sufficient precautions at every stage of the official program. And it demanded that the United States conduct a full investigation of this diplomatic incident and provide the necessary explanation.
Brutal Attack on Anti-Erdogan Demonstrators Injures 9
WASHINGTON Supporters of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan of Turkey, including his government security forces, violently charged a group of protesters outside the Turkish ambassador s residence in Washington on Tuesday night in what the Metropolitan Police chief characterized as a brutal attack. The spiraling argument appeared to undermine what by all accounts had been a friendly meeting between Erdogan and President Donald Trump before the violence at the protest. In a joint press appearance at the White House, the two leaders were full of mutual praise and spoke of hopes for a closer and more productive relationship. But the rift has also laid bare policy disagreements, particularly over the war in Syria, that have stirred tensions in the relationship between the two allies. Turkey has been angered by the Trump administration s decision to arm a Kurdish force to fight the Islamic State militant group in Syria as a military partner with the United States. Turkey says the group is an arm of the Kurdistan Workers Party, or PKK, which is regarded as a terrorist organization by Ankara and Washington.