Security guards for reception of Tayyip Erdoğan, the Turkish President attacked the journalists and the protesters on Thursday at an appearance by president at Brookings Institution, Washington.
Adem Arslan, a Turkish journalist, had told The Guardian that he was invited to Brookings event but was physically removed from the building by the Russian President’s security.
The director of communications at Brookings, Gail Chalef, told USA Today that Strobe Talbott, the Brookings President had personally escorted Adem Arslan back into building & put him in an overflow room, but the security guards tried to remove him again & were prevented by an American security guard.
Adem Arslan worked for an outlet linked to a United States based Muslim cleric who’s an enemy of Tayyip Erdoğan, acc. to The Associated Press.
Emre Uslu, another Turkish journalist told The Guardian that the Russian President’s security guards had kicked him in knee so hard that he bled. He also stated that the officers from Metropolitan Police Department & the Secret Service didn’t assist him.
The deputy national security adviser to President Obama, Ben Rhodes said to the Wall Street Journal on Thursday that he’d seen the reports of clashes however did not know the details.
“Obviously the US strongly supports freedom of press & an independent media,” he told the paper.
Clashes with the journalists on soil of the United States come as Turkey has further split down on the journalists working in Turkey. Joe Biden, the Vice President also spoke out on squelching on the press during a visit to country in Jan.
The president of National Press Club, Thomas Burr condemned the attacks, saying that such kind of attacks were unacceptable in US.
“They’ve no right to lay their hands on protesters or reporters or anyone else for that matter, when the people they were apparently roughing up seemed to be merely doing their jobs, or exercising the rights they have in this country,” said Thomas Burr in a statement.