During an appearance by the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan New York City, a USA heckler in the audience, drawing a violent reaction from attendees as well as Erdogan's bodyguards. "We've always said that whenever the United States demanded the extradition of terrorists, we would always go ahead and do that", he said.
However, it was not immediately clear whether it was Erdogan's own security detail that escorted the men out.
When Erdogan visited Washington, D.C., in May, protesters gathered at the ambassador's residence, and the situation devolved into an altercation with the Turkish leader's bodyguards - who were seen on video pushing past D.C. police to attack protesters, nine of whom were left injured.
In 2011, Erdogan's security team was also involved in a fight at the United Nations headquarters in NY that left one police officer injured.
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A member of the crowd at Thursday's speech, who posted video footage to social media, alleged that the man who shouted at Erdogan was an American national who had volunteered for the People's Protection Units, or YPG, the Kurdish militia in northern Syria that is battling the Islamic State militant group (ISIS). Four seperate protests during Erdogan speech in NYC werebrutally suppressed. The list of suspects included 12 Turkish security officials.More news: Pres. Trump Coordinates With Afghan Counterpart Against Terrorism
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Erdogan was making remarks after a meeting with Turkish and Muslim-American community leaders.
Rep. Dave Trott (R-Michigan) said the deal "would have been nothing short of an endorsement of their brutal attack".
A police official, who spoke about the investigation on the condition of anonymity, said it appeared the fight had been instigated by competing protesters, not by Mr. Erdogan's security forces, who have a history of violent run-ins in the United States.
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.
The UN guard was taken to the hospital with a rib injury.