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Kurdish dad-of-one protester who jumped in front of Boris Johnson’s car says ‘sorry, I never meant to hurt anyone’

A KURDISH dad who threw himself in front of Boris Johnson's car has apologised and said he never meant to hurt anyone.

Protester Diyari Kurdi, 48, jumped in front of the PM's convoy as it left the House of Commons at lunchtime on Wednesday after PMQs.

Mr Kurdi - a former freedom fighter who fled Iraq seeking asylum in the UK - blamed his actions on his "passion" for the plight of the Kurdish people.

"I can't comment too much because of the court case but I never meant to hurt anyone... I'm very sorry," he told MailOnline.

His daughter Lana, who now lives in Perth, Australia, said he had been tortured while fighting to protect Kurdistan from Iraqi dictator Saddam Hussein.

After leaping in front of the PM's Jaguar, Mr Kurdi was dragged away and taken into the Palace of Westminster by cops.

He was arrested on suspicion of a public order offence and obstructing the highway.

Mr Kurdi arrived in the UK with false documents as an asylum seeker when he was 22, and lived in North London once he was granted political asylum.

His daughter said he had walked for five days across rugged mountains to escape Kurdistan.

A friend said Mr Kurdi had shown an "act of desperation" by jumping in front of the convoy.

"He feels very passionately that the Kurdish people have once again been betrayed," the friend said.

In a blog post, Lana said her father was 13 when he was arrested and tortured for the first time.

"High schools were watched and monitored closely by government forces to ensure that students with a politically active Kurdish background were easily threatened or arrested," she wrote.

"My dad built a life in London, using the trauma he lived with for so many years to help others.

"He has helped a huge amount of Kurdish refugees and remains an active member of the Kurdish community, supporting the human rights of Kurds and other displaced people."

No-one - including the PM - was hurt as a result of the bump.

Onlookers shrieked in horror as they saw Mr Kurdi break away from his demo and dart towards the car.

After the protester ran into the road, the front car then stopped suddenly, forcing the Range Rover behind to hit it, which would have been carrying his security detail.

After stopping for a few seconds, the vehicles then drove off, with a dent visible in the back of the Prime Minister's Jaguar.

However, the the taxpayer will have to pick up the bill for repairing the damage to his £54,000 car.

A policeman riding on a bike as part of the motorcade put his arm out to the PM's cars to signal they should stop, seconds before the smash.

Police then managed to restrain Mr Kurdi before he could get close to the PM's vehicle - and wrestled him to the floor.

He was later removed from the scene by several officers.

A No10 spokesperson said: "I think the video speaks for itself as to what happened. No reports of anybody being injured."

A Metropolitan Police spokesman confirmed that two police vehicles were involved in a collision in Parliament Square at around 2.30pm.

The spokesman said: "The police vehicles were part of a security movement.

"A pedestrian is reported to have stepped onto the road, causing the vehicles to suddenly stop, which has led to two of the vehicles in the convoy being involved in a damage-only collision.

"No injuries have been reported.

"A man, no further details at this time, was arrested at the scene for offences under Section 5 of the Public Order Act and for obstructing the highway.

"All vehicles were able to drive from the scene."

The incident was caught on camera by anti-Brexit protester Steve Bray, who frequently stands outside Parliament to try and get our EU exit stopped.

He said: "Boris Johnson in car crash at Parliament. Just now. Security drives into back of his car as Kurdish protester runs into road."

The wing mirror of one of the bikes appeared to come off in the scuffle.

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