Police fire water cannon at G20 ‘hell’ protest


At least 76 police officers were injured in clashes with the demonstrators on the streets of Hamburg yesterday evening, as world leaders were arriving for the talks.

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Water cannon are used by police on protesters in Hamburg ahead of G20 summit
Image:Water cannon were used to try to stop the violence

The demonstration was dubbed ‘Welcome to Hell’ by anti-capitalist groups.

Police said the trouble involved around 1,000 people, but as many as 100,000 are expected to descend on the city to take part in protests during the two-day summit, which starts in earnest today.

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Sky’s Alex Rossi, at the scene, said the violence – near Hamburg’s fish market – was expected and that police had been preparing for trouble as demonstrators attempted to march through the city.

Many of the protesters were dressed all in black
Image:Many protesters were dressed head to toe in black

He said a few had been carried off with what appeared to be “quite serious” injuries.

“When we arrived earlier the atmosphere was peaceful and calm, people drinking and enjoying the sun, listening to speeches,” said Rossi.

“Within that group there were people who looked like they had come here to cause trouble.

“As it got to early evening we saw a number of people coming down dressed in black, some of them masked with handkerchiefs across their faces.”

Riot police gather after protesters erected burning barricades in front of the Rote Flora left-wing centre after the 'Welcome to Hell' protest
Image:Riot police confront protesters on the eve of the summit

The trouble died down after several hours and the situation became calmer, Rossi added.

However, there were reports of scuffles continuing throughout the night.

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Up to 20,000 police are on hand for the Hamburg summit given the history of violent protests at previous gatherings.

Some injured people were seen being carried away
Image:Some injured people were seen being carried away

The G20 countries – whose members represent about 80% of the world’s population – are meeting with their usual broad remit of making the world a more stable and prosperous place.

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