Alwaght- Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan bodyguards have attacked female protestors in Quito, Ecuador's capital.
During the Thursday incident, Ecuadorian female activists entered the venue of Erdogan’s speech at the National Higher Studies Institute in Quito to condemn his policies against Kurdish minority as well as Ankara’s support for Takfiri ISIS terrorists in Syria. The activists started chanting “Murderer out” and immediately Erdogan's bodyguards marched them out of the venue while trying to prevent media from taking pictures of the violence.
Erdogan, who is on a tour of Latin America, also faced a similar situation during his first stop, Chile, where Chilean activists protested the visit in front of the presidential palace in Santiago on Feb. 1.
During his visit to Ecuador, demonstrators protesting Erdogan's policies on the Kurdish issue and his stance towards the ISIS terrorists, gathered in front of the National Higher Studies Institute where he was due to give a speech on Thursday. Scuffles erupted when some of the protesters managed to enter the conference room and interrupted Erdogan's speech by chanting slogans.
Video footage circulated on social media showed security guards, reportedly Erdogan's, forcing the protesters out of the conference room.
An Ecuadorian lawmaker was also reportedly injured during a scuffle with Erdogan's bodyguards while trying to protect the protesters. The lawmaker, Diego Vintimilla, posted photos on his Twitter account, showing himself with a bloody nose, hands and a bruise on his arm.
In a statement after the incident, the female activists said Erdogan’s security staff targeted their face and “intimate parts.”
Gabriela Rivadeneira, the president of the National Assembly of Ecuador, condemned the attack in her Twitter account.