U.S. citizens assaulted by Erdoğan’s guards bracing for new face-off - Washington Examiner
U.S. citizens assaulted in 2017 by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan’s security are preparing for another potential clash with the guards of Turkey’s strongman, who is expected to visit Washington next month, the Washington Examiner reported on Saturday.
The group plans to once again wave Kurdish flags and loudly chant against the "dictator," when the Turkish president arrives in Washington on Nov. 13 at the invitation of U.S. President Donald Trump, it said.
In May 2017, 15 members of 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 that launched national headlines, sparking outrage among members of the U.S. Congress.
Four of the security guards continue to face charges over the incident.
“I am scared myself for my life, but I am not going to give up. I am going to definitely protest him again the way we did two years ago in Sheridan Circle,” the Washington Examiner quoted 62-year-old Sayid Reza Yasa, Turkey-born Kurdish American who was kicked in the head by three men in 2017 as saying.
“He is a dictator. He is killing innocent people,” Yasa said.
Lusik Usoyan, a Yezidi Kurd from Armenia who lost consciousness after being kicked by six men, is also among those who plan to protest Erdoğan during his visit next moth.
“I am hopeful they will behave in a human manner given the outrage they caused last time. I hope they learned that in the U.S. we have freedom of speech,” Usoyan to the Washington Examiner.
“We will be all together again in front of the White House loud and clear expressing our feelings about Erdoğan, who is a dictator and murderer,” Usoyan said.