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    Erdogan's Enforcers: Top 5 Attacks on Civilians (VIDEO)

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    The recent incident in New York City with Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s security beating US protesters was only the latest in a string of scuffles. His bodyguards have repeatedly gotten physicals during Erdogan’s foreign trips.

    Here are the top five episodes involving the Turkish leader’s guards beating people around the world.

    1. Brawl in New York

    On Thursday, Erdogan was delivering a speech in New York’s Marriott Marquis Hotel to a reception in his honor. One of the protesters in the audience stood up and screamed, "You are a terrorist, get out of my country." Fighting erupted and Erdogan’s bodyguards were caught on camera beating several people in the ballroom.

    ​​2. Fight Outside the Turkish Embassy in Washington

    In May 2017, Erdogan’s bodyguards violently charged a group of protesters outside the Turkish embassy in Washington. Police described the incident as a "brutal attack." Eleven people were injured, including a police officer.

    3. Attack on Protesters in Washington

    This previous incident was not the first time Erdogan’s security has been involved in a brawl in Washington. In March 2016, Erdogan gave an address at the Brookings Institution. Meanwhile, Erdogan’s security attacked peaceful protesters outside, including several Turkish journalists.

    4. Beatdown in Ecuador

    In Ecuador in February 2016, the Turkish president’s security guards attacked a group of pro-Kurdish protesters and those supporting them. Several people were injured, including a member of the Ecuadorian National Assembly.

    5. UN Incident

    In 2011, Erdogan visited New York to take part in the UN General Assembly session and his body guards started a fight with UN security personnel. U UN guard was injured and taken to hospital after the incident.


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