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First Arrest made for Turkish Embassy Residence brawl: Here are the details

Ilhan Tanir, Washington DC

First arrest related to brawl in front of Turkish Embassy Residence on May 16th, made today, June 14th, in Newark, New Jersey.

Eyup Yıldırım, who is seen in many videos kicking the people who were already down, was arrested this morning. Yıldırım will be taken to the court, before the judge on Wednesday at 2.15 pm Newark Courtroom.

Eyup Yıldırım is owner of a construction company in New Jersey, was one of the most visible figures spotted in videos recorded of last month’s attack.

Halil Mutlu, cousin of President Erdogan, and Eyup Yildirim (right). (Youtube screen grab via DCaller)

Aside from kicking protestors, Eyup Yıldırım also was screaming and yelling at protestors.

Sources tell WHatti, new arrests expected to be made in upcoming days and the investigation by the Washington DC Police also expected to be concluded before end of June.

Eleven protesters were injured during the assault, which took place after President Erdogan’s meeting with President Donald Trump. Most of the wounded were US citizens protesting Turkey’s Middle Eastern policies but especially Erdogan. A number of US institutions and prominent politicians condemned the attack. US House of Representatives Foreign Affairs Committee passed a resolution condemning Turkey and asking for a formal apology. US Congress also passed the resolution unanimously last Tuesday.

VP Pence: Erdogan exposed us to a ‘cultural shock’

US State Department of State official Jonathan Cohen, who is responsible for Turkey, Cyprus and Greece, is expected to visit Ankara next week to hold talks with both Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu and President Erdogan.

The attack by President Erdogan’s bodyguards against protestors in front of the Turkish Ambassador’s residence in Washington last month willlikely be high on Cohen’s agenda, following last Tuesday evening’s historic unanimous vote in the US Congress condemning Turkey for the violence on the streets of D.C.’s diplomatic district.

WHATTI  has learned from some Western diplomatic sources in the capital, that Ed Royce, head of the US House of Representatives Committee on Foreign Relations and the bill’s primary sponsor, acted with the White House’s blessing tabling the measure to condemn the attack. Moreover, as the our reliable Western diplomatic sources say, this Congressional condemnation at the Congress is not likely to be the end of the story. Rather, as one Western diplomat noted, ” this ball jumping is expected to continue to bounce. ”

Top figures in the US administration in Washington were asked about the attack on protesters in almost all their interviews days after the attack. Notably, Trump administration authorities such as VP Mike Pence described the events as “shocking” according to sources, and Trump administration officials made sure to tell their visiting European counterparts that Erdogan had exposed them to a ‘cultural shock’.

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