During an appearance by the Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan New York City, a U.S. heckler in the audience, drawing a violent reaction from attendees as well as Erdogan's bodyguards.
The U.S. protester shouted and is said to have yelled “get out of my country” at the head of state.
The demonstrator was immediately suppressed by Erdogan's protection unit, which jostled him out of the audience as attendees entered the fray and rained blows on the dissenter.
The event, organized by the Turkish American National Steering Committee, took place at the Marriott Marquis hotel.
During a visit to Washington, D.C. in May, Erdogan's personal guard attacked peaceful pro-Kurdish protesters.
Fifteen Turkish security officers were indicted for their role in the attack.
According to witnesses, the brawl erupted when Erdogan’s security detail attacked protesters carrying the flag of the Kurdish PYD party outside the Turkish ambassador’s residence.