EAST RUTHERFORD, N.J. — A 26-year-old woman from East Rutherford is saying that one of the Turkish president's bodyguards choked her and threatened to kill her during a protest outside of the Turkish Embassy in Washington D.C., BuzzFeed reports.
Ceren Borazan is among the 12 people who were injured, including one police officer, at the peaceful protest-turned brawl on Tuesday, the article says.
"Today I experienced firsthand the extent and savagery of Turkish fascism: My Kurdish friends and allies were protesting peacefully against Erdoğan being in Washington when we were suddenly attacked by a group of Erdoğan's official bodyguards and secret police," Borazan said in a Facebook post.
"They attacked women, children and the elderly with reckless abandon. I ran in the opposite direction from our friends and got caught by one of the security guards. He put me in a headlock to the point where he popped a blood vessel in my eye. He held me and threatened to kill me. I was scared for my life and tried to get into the car in front of me.
"Luckily there was a man in the car who helped me get into the other side of the car. I saw out of the corner of my eye that they were running behind me and I told him [not to open the door].
"I swear that man saved my life."