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.
Video shows another American protesting Erdogan beaten by his guards "You are a terrorist, get out of my country". pic.twitter.com/HqZYNgN4dc— Turkey Untold (@TurkeyUntold) 21 сентября 2017 г.
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.