In New York City, supporters of Turkish President Recep Erdogan attacked protesters while he was addressing the Turkish American National Steering Committee (TASC) at the Marriott Marquis in Times Square. A protester reportedly called the Turkish leader a 'terrorist', prior to the melee happening. Earlier this year, guards protecting Mr. Erdogan attacked protesters in Washington, D.C. They were indicted in August.
Turkish media present at the event reported that the protesters carried signs that read "You are a terrorist" in English. The initial protester who interrupted Erdogan is reportedly an American citizen. A video posted on Twitter from the audience shows a man yelling at the president, "You're a terrorist! Get out of my country!" As the protesters were forcibly removed from the room, one of the men escorted out was seen being punched in the face and Erdogan could be heard asking the crowd to calm down.