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Turkish president's bodyguards pummel protesters again

Turkish president's bodyguards pummel protesters again

Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan said on Thursday Turkey will deploy troops in Syria's northern Idlib region as part of a so-called de-escalation agreement brokered by Russian Federation last month.

The Kurdish People's Protection Units have been supported extensively by the United States.

However, it was not immediately clear whether it was Erdogan's own security detail that escorted the men out. Turkish security officials were involved in street fighting with protesters during Erdoğan's visit to Washington in May. A dozen men and one woman wanted by USA law enforcement on various assault charges were identified as Turkish security officials.

A statement from the Turkish presidency was released after the meeting, which said that the two leaders "agreed to enhance cooperation to resolve regional issues and continue the fight against all terror groups with determination". The State Department condemned the violence and said actions meant to limit free speech would not be tolerated on American soil. Video from the scene not only shows the attack on the protesters in detail, but additional footage shows Erdoğan viewing the protests from his armored Mercedes and something being communicated to his security staff before the attack began.

Erdogan tried to calm the situation after members of the audience threw punches and threw objects at the protesters. He went on to call the demonstrators "terrorists".

Another similar incident took place in Times Square, New York City at Erdogan's "special address" to a reception in his honor, where his guards were captured on camera brutally beating up protestors who interrupted the speech.

Rep. Dave Trott (R-Michigan) said the deal "would have been nothing short of an endorsement of their brutal attack".

Meanwhile, US President Donald Trump held talks with Erdogan on Thursday, praising the controversial Turkish president's leadership. Brookings staff intervened so that the journalist could stay, as he was credentialed to be at the event.

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

The UN guard was taken to the hospital with a rib injury.

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