erdogan rally violence

Pindos beaten by Erdogan supporters in NYC
Tyler Durden, Zero Hedge, Sep 21 2017

Once again supporters of Pres Erdogan have roughed up pindo protesters on pindo soil. As Erdogan delivered a speech to supporters in NYC at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square on Thursday, a handful of protesters began holding up signs and yelling anti-Erdogan slogans. Men in black suits immediately rushed the protesters and began violently removing them while the crowd punched and shoved those being carried out. Video released by Turkish media present at the event clearly shows at least two of the protesters being repeatedly punched in the face by Erdogan supporters as they were taken out of the room. And it appears that Erdogan actually encouraged the violence from the podium, calling the protesters, who included pindos, “terrorists.” Violence erupts around the 1:40 mark in the video above.

The disruption appears to have started when Lucas Chapman, a young pindo activist and former YPG volunteer, yelled out in the middle of Erdogan’s speech:

Murderer! You’re a terrorist! Get out of my country!

Video shows Chapman immediately being shoved to the ground from behind, just before being seized by what appear to be security guards, though it’s not confirmed if any of the guards were part of Erdogan’s presidential security detail. Chapman was punched in the face by an unidentified man wearing a suit before disappearing off camera as he was carried out of the room.

Chapman told Zero Hedge that the moment the protest began, he was assaulted by the crowd. He said:

Erdogan’s supporters jumped on me almost immediately, shoving me out of my chair and eventually throwing me to the floor. They kicked and punched me repeatedly until the security guards lifted me and dragged me out. As I was being dragged out, Turks leaned into the aisle and continued punching me in the head and stomach.

Chapman is uncertain whether or not Erdogan’s bodyguards were directly involved as he says his face was quickly pressed to the floor and was thus unable to see while being beaten in the initial moments of the event. There were seven protesters total in the group and they escaped with only minor injuries. The ordeal caused Erdogan to pause his speech while the entire room erupted in pandemonium as body guards rushed through the crowd. The Turkish president leaned over to one of his aides in confusion and was visibly angry while glaring out at the audience.

Another man, carried out after Chapman, was shown on video being viciously assaulted by Erdogan loyalists waiving Turkish flags. Footage shows the man initially on the ground being kicked while what appears to be hotel security attempted to hold the crowd back. The protester was repeatedly punched in the face while being escorted out. In addition, Erdogan seems to have encouraged the violence in the very moments it was taking place by calling the protesters “terrorists.” Erdogan announced from the podium:

My dear brothers, my dear brothers, my dear brothers, I have an important request from you: don’t let three to five impertinent people, three to five hall terrorists ruin our lovely gathering.

Referencing a familiar theme, Erdogan’s speech singled out the YPG/SDF and the Gülen movement as “terrorists” while equating both with Daesh. Thursday’s violence follows a major incident last May in which at least 12 people were seriously injured after Erdogan’s personal security detail attacked peaceful protesters outside the Turkish Embassy in DC. Turkey has a history of aggressively cracking down on both protests and journalists, especially in relation to Kurdish issues. Federal indictments have been issued for 15 of the Turkish security officials involved in the May attacks, which occurred on pindo soil. Meanwhile, it appears that Erdogan was caught lying about the May incident this week. He claimed in an interview on Monday that Trump personally apologized to him for the violent encounter, which Turkey blames on Kurdish groups and DC police:

Pres Trump called me about a week ago about this issue. He said that he was sorry, and he told me that he was going to follow up on this issue when we come to Pindostan within the framework of an official visit.

However, the White House denied that any apology had been issued over the embassy violence. On Wednesday, the Turkish president shocked an audience at the Bloomberg Global Business Forum in New York when he said that the hundreds of journalists currently imprisoned in Turkey after a recent crackdown on government critics are “not journalists, they’re terrorists.” When asked by Bloomberg News editor-in-chief John Micklethwait why his country has put more journalists in jail than any other nation, Erdogan responded:

The ones who have been sentenced, who have been imprisoned, are not journalists. Many have been involved in burglaries and some have been caught red handed as they were trying to empty ATM machines. Everyone else seems to think they’re journalists just because they say so.

Turkey has recently topped the list of countries routinely engaged in Twitter censorship and has over the past years completely blocked social media platforms nation-wide at various times. All of this causes us to ask: how long before both pindo leadership and the media begin acknowledging Erdogan for the dictator that he truly is? Apparently, he’s no longer content to crack down on speech in his own country, but now willingly sics his fanatical mob even on pindos exercising free speech on pindo soil.

Turkey to deploy troops inside Syria’s Idlib: Erdogan
Parisa Hafezi, Reuters, Sep 21 2017

NEW YORK – Pres 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 Russia last month. The de-escalation zones agreed by Turkey, Russia and Iran, would be further discussed in talks with Pres Putin during his trip to Ankara next week, Erdogan said in an interview with Reuters while he was in New York for the annual UNGA. Erdogan said:

Under the agreement, Russians are maintaining security outside Idlib and Turkey will maintain the security inside Idlib region. The task is not easy. With Putin we will discuss additional steps needed to be taken in order to eradicate terrorists once and for all to restore peace.

Erdogan also said Turkey was considering counter-measures against the Kurds of northern Iraq over their planned referendum, including imposing sanctions. Iraqi Kurds have defied growing international pressure to call off the referendum on independence. Turkey has brought forward a cabinet meeting and national security council session to Friday over the referendum, Erdogan said and parliament would also convene for an extraordinary meeting on Saturday. He said:

Without any further delay, we are going to discuss what kind of sanctions should be imposed and when the sanctions will be imposed.

Turkish troops are also carrying out military exercises near the border and Erdogan said on Saturday the resolution on troop deployment abroad will be submitted to parliament for a vote. Erdogan called on Pindostan to extradite Fethullah Gulen, saying:

Gulen’s entire network is being run from Pindostan. Terrorists should not be harbored here. We need pindo assistance on this matter. Let me be very clear, in terms of freedom of press, there are no challenges in Turkey. If journalists are supporters of terrorists, if they are double agents, are we not supposed to do what is necessary against them? Turkey is a state of law, within which the judiciary takes necessary measures. This (complaints) is sheer lies! They were coup plotters!

Meeting Erdogan on Thursday on the sidelines of the UNGA, Pres Trump praised his leadership and said he “has become a friend of mine.” But Erdogan complained in the interview:

Weapons are being deployed to YPG! We are strategic allies with Pindostan! We should avoid helping YPG!

At a critical time for Turkish-Germany relations, Erdogan said in the interview he hoped relations with Germany could be improved, praising Angela Merkel for refraining from criticizing Turkey and its policies. He said:

I am quite hopeful relations will improve. We have no problem with the German public. We have a problem with some officials’ wrong attitude against Turkey.

Merkel, who has been at odds with Erdogan on many fronts over the last year, has said:

The fact is clear that Turkey should not become a member of the EU.

Merkel has said she will speak to other EU leaders to end Turkey’s EU accession talks. Erdogan said:

Things never went well for the last 54 years regarding Turkey’s EU membership. We have been lingering at the doorstep of the EU and things have got worse. They have never kept their promises.

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