Violence erupts during Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan’s speech in New York

A protest turned violent as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered a speech in New York on Thursday, September 21, 2017.

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A protest turned violent as Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan delivered a speech in New York on Thursday, September 21, 2017.
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Screenshot via Turkey Untold/Twitter

Another appearance by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan erupted in violence on American soil Thursday, months after Erdogan’s security detail was accused of attacking protesters in Washington DC.

At least three demonstrators were escorted out of the Marriott hotel in New York City Thursday, as Erdogan delivered remarks at an event hosted by the Turkish American National Steering Committee.

The disruption lasted minutes and involved both pro- and anti-Erdogan demonstrators, according to a police spokesmancited by The New York Times. The newspaper said there were no reports of injuries.

Videos posted by the social-media account, Turkey Untold, showed a chaotic scene, where suited men intervened when demonstrators began chanting and yelling. It was not immediately clear whether the men were part of Erdogan’s security detail or affiliated with another agency.

Watch the footage below:

Video from another angle showsErdogan’s guards beating up an American protesting him duringhis speech in New York. pic.twitter.com/ALkeYIfDfC

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Video shows another Americanprotesting Erdogan beaten by his guards “You are a terrorist,get out of my country”. pic.twitter.com/HqZYNgN4dc

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Another video of last postedincident. Four seperate protests during Erdogan speech in NYC werebrutally suppressed. pic.twitter.com/rA64dap3Zl

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Similar disruptions unfolded in May when Erdogan met with Trump in Washington, DC.

Other video angles captured during that incident appeared to show Erdogan watching from afar as his guards attacked some of the demonstrators. A jury in Washington later indicted 19 people involved in that attack, 15 of whom were identified as Turkish security personnel.