Jun 13 2018

Turkish prime minister’s bodyguard scuffle with supporters

Turkish Prime Minister Binali Yıldırım’s bodyguards and riot police scuffled with his supporters at a party youth meeting ahead of June 24 presidential and parliamentary elections, left-nationalist news site OdaTV said.

After Yıldırım spoke at the meeting, in the Black Sea city of Samsun on Tuesday, party members flocked around him to have their pictures taken or to ask for favours, the site said.

But as the crowd pressed in, riot police stepped in to form a protective barrier around Yıldırım, with some pistol-whipping party members in order to move them away.

One of Yıldırım’s bodyguards manhandled a father who was holding his child in his arms, OdaTV said, upsetting the child and forcing the mother to intervene.