This week I focused mainly on mocking Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan, and stressing that the West is slowly losing patience with their ally’s authoritarian antics.
But on the same day I published my article on Erdoğan, numerous sources spoke of chaos erupting in Washington DC outside the Brookings Institution – where the Turkish President was due to speak:
- Buzz Feed gave a good summary here.
- Foreign Policy also spoke of the chaos here.
- And even CBS News reported on the anti-Erdoğan protests.
New Republic said the violence of Erdoğan’s guards was giving the USA a taste of what a Donald Trump presidency would look like:
Renowned scholar and journalist Amberin Zaman, meanwhile, said:
And with harassment of protesters and dissidents increasing, the National Press Club said:
Here are some tweets about the confrontations between Erdoğan’s guards and anti-Erdoğan activists:
In turn, these confrontations led to increased coverage of the protests: