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Turkish President Erdogan's speech at an event in New York City triggered protests



Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan's speech at a Turkish-American event in New York City was interrupted by protests on Thursday.

The event took place at the Marriott Marquis Hotel in Times Square. The Turkish president was addressing the audience when protesters began to shout.

"You're a terrorist, get out of my country," one protester called, according to BBC.

The violence was captured on video by people who attended the event. The videos show protesters being punched and hit by Erdogan supporters.

The video also showed the demonstrators being dragged out by security.

The president tried to continue giving his speech.

"My dear friends, I have a request to you," Erdogan said. "Let's not give this beautiful gathering to a few impertinent hall terrorists."

However, demonstrators continued to disrupt the gathering. One protester, Meghan Bodette, wrote on Twitter that she had been "thrown out" of the Marriott Marquis Hotel.

"I got escorted out and ran, some friends were briefly questioned," she wrote. "There, people disappear."

This is the latest protest of the Turkish government in the United States. In May, protesters gathered at the Turkish ambassador's residence while Erdogan was visiting Washington, D.C. Police issued 18 arrest warrants over the incident, according to VOA News.

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