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Published: Sat, September 23, 2017
Global Media | By Abel Hampton

Watch Turkish President's Guards Assault American Protesters - Again

Watch Turkish President's Guards Assault American Protesters - Again

Erdogan supporters in the crowd erupted in shouts and boos and attempted to punch the man, climbing over security to take swings, video of the mayhem shows. The Turkish president resumed speaking less than two minutes after the the attack.

Just hours later, Erdoğan's bodyguards were captured on camera brutally beating up USA protesters inside the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square, where Erdoğan was giving a "special address" to a reception in his honor.

The Police detained one of the protesters. The newspaper said there were no reports of injuries.

Kathleen Duffy, a spokeswoman for Marriott International's New York City hotels, estimated that more than 2,000 people had attended the event and said that only "a very small" number had been escorted out.

"Erdogan should not be able to speak here unchallenged, and we challenged him because the American people need to know that a state that claims to be our ally is hindering the fight against ISIS in Syria and destroying civilian lives", Ms. Bodette said in a Twitter message. They even tried to raise a poster, but the security officers prevented that attempt.

The fight comes just four months after Turkish security officials were filmed hitting and injuring almost a dozen peaceful protesters Washington, DC.

The "de-escalation" zones, agreed by Turkey, Russia and Iran, would be further discussed in talks with Russian President Vladimir Putin during his trip to Ankara next week, Erdogan said in an interview with Reuters while he was in NY for the annual United Nations General Assembly, Hurriyet Daily reported.

That attack and the subsequent charges strained the relationship between Washington and Ankara, already tested by Mr. Erdogan's authoritarian actions in Turkey.

Accompanying Erdogan in the meeting were Turkey's Chief of Military Staff Gen. Hulusi Akar, Foreign Minister Mevlut Cavusoglu, Energy Minister Berat Albayrak, Intelligence Chief Hakan Fidan and Turkey's presidential spokesman Ibrahim Kalin, as well as the Turkish ambassador to the US Serdar Kilic and Turkey's envoy to the UN Feridun Sinirlioglu.

Mr Erdogan said he'll deploy troops in northern Syria as part of a deal with Russian Federation to establish "de-escalation" zones in the war-torn country, even as relations with Vladimir Putin get testier for the United States and NATO, Turkey's longtime allies. He also noted that they have provided investors with various incentives and facilities by issuing a production reform package a few months ago.

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