Germany: G20 Welcome 2 Hell protest

 

  • G20: Welcome to Hell protest turns violent
  • Police fire water cannon and pepper spray at protesters
  • March called off after clashes
  • Dozens of police injured as riots continue into night
  • Donald Trump is in Hamburg ahead of G20 meeting

Police were fighting running battles with anticapitalists in the streets of Hamburg on Thursday night as protests against the G20 summit turned violent

Masked protesters hurled smoke bombs and glass bottles at police who responded with water cannon.

Police said they were “horrified by the violence”.

Protesters march as world leaders gather for the G20 summit, in pictures

 

Protesters march as world leaders gather for the G20 summit, in pictures

There were scenes of confusion in the nightlife district of Saint Pauli as the black clad masked protesters choked the narrow alley while nervous drinkers looked on from pubs.

Hundreds of armoured riot police ran through the streets.

Police said the violence had broken out after they asked a hardcore of protesters to remove their masks.

The protesters planned to march to the city centre where the summit begins tomorrow.

Police said they could not continue unless they removed the masks.

There was a tense standoff for around half an hour while negotiations continued before the first smoke bombs were thrown.

German riot police use water cannons against protesters during the demonstrations during the G20 summit in Hamburg - Credit: Reuters

 

German riot police use water cannons against protesters during the demonstrations during the G20 summit in Hamburg Credit: Reuters

The ‘Welcome To Hell’ protest was officially cancelled on Thursday night amid the violence, but a hardcore continued in defiance of the order.

World leaders including President Donald Trump are in Hamburg for the start of the summit tomorrow.

12:51AM

At least 76 police hurt in clashes

At least 76 police officers have been hurt in clashes with anti-G20 protesters, authorities said.

“Police are still being attacked,” said a spokesman for Hamburg’s police force, adding that most of the officers hurt sustained light injuries.

11:24PM

Violent protests continue into the night

Police officers in operation during the protest against the upcoming G20 summit in Hamburg - Credit: AP

 

Police officers in operation during the protest against the upcoming G20 summit in Hamburg Credit: AP
Protesters clash with police during a demonstration ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg - Credit: EPA

 

Protesters clash with police during a demonstration ahead of the G20 summit in Hamburg Credit: EPA

9:36PM

Several injuries reports as renewed demonstration underway

Seven police officers were injured in the clashes with protesters, according to official accounts.

There were also many injured among the protesters, including several with severe injuries from police batons, according to Andreas Blechschmidt, one of the organisers of the march.

German riot police detain a protester during the demonstrations during the G20 summit in Hamburg - Credit: Reuters

 

German riot police detain a protester during the demonstrations during the G20 summit in Hamburg Credit: Reuters

There are unconfirmed reports one of the protesters suffered life-threatening injuries.

A renewed demonstration was underway as Theresa May arrived in Hamburg ahead of the summit around 10pm (9pm BST).

Prime Minister Theresa May and husband Philip arrive in Hamburg for the G20 leaders' summit - Credit: PA

 

Prime Minister Theresa May and husband Philip arrive in Hamburg for the G20 leaders’ summit Credit: PA

Timo Zill, a police officer, told journalists how he and a colleague had been attacked on the street by protesters and had to take refuge in an ambulance.

Drivers were reportedly trapped inside their cars for up to six hours by road blocks while police battled demonstrators.

9:22PM

Burning vehicles on the streets of Hamburg

A car is set alight during the "Welcome to Hell" rally against the G20 summit in Hamburg - Credit: AFP

 

A car is set alight during the “Welcome to Hell” rally against the G20 summit in Hamburg Credit: AFP

8:06PM

At least one person seriously injured

At least one protester appeared to have been seriously injured in the violence and was carried away covered in a foil blanket, the BBC reported.

7:55PM

Footage of black-clad protesters apparently making a barricade

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7:53PM

Scene tense as police move in

Police helicopters were circling overhead the tense scene on a street running alongside the Elbe river harbour with its container cranes, and near mural-covered former squats that saw heavy clashes with police in the 1980s, AFP reports.

Protesters were seen scrambling to leave the scene, some changing out of their all-black gear, as police announced that the organisers have called off the march following the clashes.

Riot police move in through the smoke during the "Welcome to Hell" rally against the G20 summit in Hamburg, - Credit: AFP

 

Riot police move in through the smoke during the “Welcome to Hell” rally against the G20 summit in Hamburg Credit: AFP

7:43PM

Police ‘demanded protesters remove their masks’

Police say they repeatedly asked a group of hardcore anti-capitalist demonstrators to remove their masks Thursday evening, to no avail. They then decided to separate the group from the rest of the several thousand-strong demonstration.

Black-hooded protesters attacked a police vehicle with bottles and bricks, breaking its window.

The violence broke out near the start of the demonstration at a riverside plaza used for Hamburg’s weekly fish market.

German riot policeman catches a protester during the demonstrations - Credit: Reuters
German riot policeman catches a protester during the demonstrations Credit: Reuters

7:32PM

Protest march cancelled

“The march was just declared off by organisers,” Hamburg police said on Twitter after the march quickly descended into clashes.

7:31PM

Riot police moving in with water cannon

Riot police move in with water cannon during the "Welcome to Hell" rally against the G20 summit in Hamburg - Credit: Getty

 

Riot police move in with water cannon during the “Welcome to Hell” rally against the G20 summit in Hamburg Credit: Getty

7:23PM

“G-20: Welcome to Hell”

The protest was called “G-20: Welcome to Hell” by organisers.

There was a heavy police presence in the area as authorities had been expecting possible violence.

20,000 officers are on hand to patrol the northern German city’s streets, skies and waterways.

An injured protester gets help during the demonstration during the G20 summit in Hamburg - Credit: Reuters

 

An injured protester gets help during the demonstration during the G20 summit protests in Hamburg Credit: Reuters
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