Erdogan security detail goes full thug on reporters, innocent Americans at Washington, D.C. venue

Erdogan security detail goes full thug on reporters, innocent Americans at Washington, D.C. venue
Erdogan's security detail actually attacking a reporter outside the Brookings Institute in D.C. (Image via Twitter, Mahir Zeynalov)

[Ed. – The sultan’s been in town for the nuclear summit.]

The White House tread carefully around reports that security for Turkey’s President Recep Tayyip Erdogan were abusive to journalists and think-tank staff at a speech in D.C. today.

In town for the Nuclear Security Summit, Erdogan met at the St. Regis hotel with Vice President Joe Biden this morning before a scheduled lunchtime address at the Brookings Institution on global challenges facing Turkey.

He was faced by a mix of supporters and protesters outside of the think tank. Supporters held signs such as “no difference between ISIS and PKK,” while protesters held Kurdish flags and accused Erdogan of being a “war criminal.”

Foreign Policy magazine’s Paul McCleary reported one D.C. cop telling Erdogan’s security, “You’re part of the problem; you guys need to control yourselves and let these people protest.”

Continue reading →


Commenting Policy

We have no tolerance for comments containing violence, racism, vulgarity, profanity, all caps, or discourteous behavior. Thank you for partnering with us to maintain a courteous and useful public environment where we can engage in reasonable discourse.

You may use HTML in your comments. Feel free to review the full list of allowed HTML here.