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Erdogan Speech Triggers Physical Confrontations At Turkish-American Event In NYC

As security personnel grappled with protesters, Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan paused onstage before blaming the interruption on "a few impertinent hall terrorists."
Turkey's President Recep Tayyip Erdogan addresses a Turkish-American meeting in New York, Thursday. Protesters disrupted his speech before they were ejected from the hall. / Anadolu Agency / Getty Images

Protesters were forcibly ejected from a speech by Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan in New York City on Thursday, in the latest U.S. confrontation involving protests against Turkey's leader.

Erdogan was speaking to an audience at the

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