Duvar English - The Youth Union of Turkey (TGB), a nationalist group closely linked to the Patriotic Party (Vatan Partisi), said on Nov. 2 that its members had put sacks over the heads of U.S. soldiers in Istanbul's quarter Sarayburnu.
“We have put sacks on the heads of American soldiers in Sarayburnu,” read a statement of the TGB on Twitter.
The U.S. soldiers are believed to be among the crew of the U.S. Navy warship "USS Mount Whitney" which is currently docked at Sarayburnu Port. After staying in Istanbul for three days, the warship will then sail to the Black Sea for exercise.
Aydınlık, the newspaper of the Patriotic Party, has also released photos from the scene of the incident.
In the photos, it is seen that civilian people indicated to be U.S. soldiers are taking a hit from TGB members.
In 2014, TGB members had also put sacks over the heads of the crew of the American warship USS ROSS (DDG71) as it was returning from a NATO exercise in the Black Sea.