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Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan listens during his meeting with President Donald Trump in the Oval Office of the White House in Washington, Tuesday, May 16, 2017. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

The DC protest wasn't the first time the Turkish president's entourage has gotten physical


Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan has been in the news in the U.S. this week, but maybe not for the reason he'd like. 

Supporters of the Turkish official engaged in a bloody brawl on D.C.'s embassy row which was filmed and widely circulated. But it's not the first time Erdogan's entourage has been involved in a physical confrontation. In fact, it's not even the first time they've done so in the U.S. capital. 

On March 31, 2016, journalists accused Erdogan's security detail of cursing at them and "manhandling" them while the president gave a speech inside of the Booking's institute, CNN reported.

Erdogan referred to those outside during his speech, saying, "They are shouting, but they don't know what's going on back in Turkey. The freedom of expression has been regulated within the clauses of the Turkish constitution ... They are pretending that I have illegitimacy."

In may of 2014, an Erdogan aide was photographed kicking a man who was being wrestled to the ground in Manisa, Turkey. 

The man had been protesting Erdogan after a devastating coal mine fire killed nearly 300 people. 

The aide, Yusuf Yerkel, eventually issued a statement on the matter, saying, "I am sad that I could not keep my calm in the face of all the provocation, insults, and attacks that I was subjected to that day."

In September of 2011, the halls of the United Nations General Assembly in New York City got a lot more violent. 

Turkish bodyguards clashed with Erdogan's security detail, resulting in one U.N. guard being sent to the hospital with injuries after the altercation. 

A spokesperson for the U.N .Secretary General issued a statement on the matter about "some unfortunate misunderstandings involving security between UN uniformed officials and security officials of member delegations."

UN security men in fight with Turkish bodyguards at United Nations

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