Thousands of protestors flooded the streets in Germany to join a demonstration against the Group of 20 summit dubbed “G-20: Welcome to Hell.”
Some demonstrators were violent, throwing bottles and stones at police who were out in numbers — 20,000 officers were on hand to patrol Hamburg’s streets, skies, and waterways ahead of the international forum.
Police used water cannons and pepper spray to break up the protests.
Police say a group of aggressive, anti-capitalist demonstrators refused to remove their masks, despite repeated orders to do so.
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Police responded by separating the group from a several-thousand strong throng of marchers.
About 12,000 people in all demonstrated against the twelfth annual meeting of world leaders.
A group of protesters in black hoods broke a police vehicle’s window with bottles and bricks.
The mayhem broke out at a riverside plaza that hosts a weekly fish market.
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Hamburg police said windows at a furniture store and bank were broken.
They did not say how many arrests were made, but said they were “appalled by the obvious violence.”
There was no immediate word on the number of injuries.
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