Protesters file lawsuit against Turkey in Erdoğan guards’ DC attack

Five American citizens, who were beaten by Turkish government security agents in DC last year, have filed a lawsuit against the Turkish republic, Washingtonian magazine reported.

The victims are asking for $310 million in damages in a rare civil action against a foreign government, the magazine said.

In May 2017, 15 members of Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s security team were accused of beating peaceful protesters in Washington. U.S. prosecutors dropped charges against 11 of the 15 security guards in the incident launched national headlines, sparking outrage among members of the U.S. Congress.

The five American citizens who are now taking the republic of Turkey to court claim that the nation and its agents committed assault, battery, conspiracy, and terrorism, Washingtonian said.

One of the plaintiffs Lucy Usoyan, suffered brain damage in the attacks last May in Sheridan Circle when Turkish security agents and Turkish-American citizens, pushed through police lines and assaulted a crowd protesting Erdoğan.

The Turkish embassy declined to comment on the civil suit filed Friday, the magazine reported.

Following the incident, Erdoğan responded to the indictments of his bodyguards over the brawl, calling the American judicial system ''scandalous.''