May 14, 2018

Fifteen victims of last May's brawl outside the Turkish embassy in Washington, D.C., filed a civil suit on Thursday against the Turkish government, as well as two Americans and three Canadians involved in the skirmish, according to a press release.

The victims, who were protesting Turkey's treatment of ethnic Kurds when they were attacked by security forces working for Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, accuse Turkey's government as well as the five American and Canadians involved of "violations of international law and hate crimes, as well as assault, battery and false imprisonment."

The suit follows five other victims who filed a similar suit in early May, as reported by The Washington Post. Video of last year's incident shows guards attacking the group of protesters, which according to the release included the elderly and children.

The two men are charged with "bias-related (hate) crimes" under the new lawsuit, according to court filings.

In March, prosecutors announced that they were dropping charges against 11 of the 15 Erdoğan bodyguards. The embassy claims the security officials were acting in self-defense, and accused the protesters of being affiliated with the terrorist group PKK.

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