Violence Breaks Out As Turkish President Erdogan Speaks In New York

Pauline Gross
September 23, 2017

Meghan Bodette, who said she was one the protesters, claimed they wanted "to call attention to the Turkish state's war crimes and human rights abuses against the Kurdish people", both in Turkey and in Syria.

Turkey has brought forward a cabinet meeting and national security council session to September 22 over the referendum, Erdoğan said.

Mr. Demir said he later saw the man on the floor, handcuffed, outside the ballroom where Mr. Erdogan was speaking at the invitation of the Turkish American National Steering Committee.

Relations between Turkey and the United States are "the closest we've ever been", U.S. President Donald Trump has said, as he praised President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan for "running a very hard part of the world".

The protesters were supporters of the Kurdish People's Protection Units, groups which have been fighting ISIS in Syria and have been attacked by Turkish forces, according to the Times. A dozen men and one woman wanted by US law enforcement on various assault charges were identified as Turkish security officials. "With the inspiration and support we get from here, we are working with all our power to carry Turkey further and to attract value-added investments that provide employment and technology transfer in our country".

Erdogan tried to calm the crowd, saying: "Let's not sacrifice the whole meeting for a couple of terrorists".

On May 16, 2017 Erdoğan's security detail had been caught in video footage viciously beating up protesters outside the Turkish ambassador's residence in Washington, D.C., during an official visit to the US.

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It was the latest violence to come from an Erdogan appearance in the US.

Later Thursday, President Donald Trump praising Erdogan's leadership, suggesting that for now, all is well.

The protester on Thursday was grabbed by bodyguards and rushed out of the hall as others in the emotional crowd pushed, shoved and shouted.

After Thursday's episode, however, Mr. Erdogan - who was in NY for United Nations General Assembly meetings - seemed unbothered.

This is when the guards took action against the protestors.

"I think now we're as close as we've ever been", he said, as their hour-long meeting at the Lotte New York Palace Hotel began at 19:15 GMT.

Other reports by GizPress

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