Third night of G20 clashes be­tween po­lice, protesters

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Fresh clashes erupted early yes­ter­day in the streets of Hamburg fol­low­ing the end of the G20 sum­mit, with protesters set­ting fire to a num­ber of ve­hi­cles, po­lice said. Protesters gath­ered after the close of the sum­mit in the Schanzen dis­trict, a strong­hold for ex­treme-left rad­i­cals which has been the site of mul­ti­ple con­fronta­tions since Thurs­day. Armed with glass bot­tles and tar­get­ing ve­hi­cles, many of which they set on fire, the protesters were pushed back by of­fi­cers, us­ing wa­ter can­non and tear gas, po­lice said on Twit­ter. Ac­cord­ing to the most re­cent fig­ures given by the po­lice, some 213 po­lice of­fi­cers have been in­jured since Thurs­day, and 143 peo­ple have been de­tained. No ac­cu­rate num­ber for protesters in­jured is avail­able. Pres­i­dent Frank-Walter Stein­meier vis­ited wounded of­fi­cers in hos­pi­tal yes­ter­day morn­ing with Hamburg Mayor Olaf Scholz, say­ing he was “shocked and dis­mayed” by the “will to de­stroy shown by demon­stra­tors against po­lice and pri­vate cit­i­zens’ prop­erty”.

“We must ask our­selves as democrats whether a few vi­o­lent protesters can keep coun­tries such as Ger­many from hold­ing such in­ter­na­tional meet­ings,” Stein­meier told re­porters. Scholz thanked the “heroic” po­lice for their service and the cit­i­zens of Hamburg who brought flow­ers to a mil­i­tary hos­pi­tal where many of­fi­cers were be­ing treated, pledg­ing com­pen­sa­tion for those who suf­fered losses from van­dal­ism. He dis­missed crit­i­cism by some peace­ful demon­stra­tors that the po­lice had been ex­ces­sive in their crack­down and called for “lengthy jail sen­tences” for par­tic­i­pants in the ri­ots. The ex­plo­sion of vi­o­lence at the meet­ing sparked pointed ques­tions over how Hamburg could de­scend into “mob rule” and why Chan­cel­lor An­gela Merkel chose a hot­bed of left­ist mil­i­tancy as the venue. Hamburg, a vi­brant port city, is a ci­tadel of anti-cap­i­tal­ist rad­i­cals and author­i­ties had long been brac­ing for pos­si­ble vi­o­lence on the side­lines of the sum­mit. On Thurs­day, a planned peace­ful march by around 12,000 peo­ple protest­ing against glob­al­iza­tion turned vi­o­lent as a hard core of so-called black bloc masked an­ar­chists at­tacked po­lice and ram­paged through city streets.

The Ger­man po­lice of­fi­cers’ union GdP on Fri­day hit out at the black bloc, ac­cus­ing them of “hi­jack­ing peace­ful demon­stra­tions by tens of thou­sands of peo­ple to de­lib­er­ately at­tack” po­lice. The clashes oc­curred as lead­ers from the world’s 20 big­gest de­vel­oped and emerg­ing economies held a two-day meet­ing fo­cus­ing on trade, ter­ror­ism, cli­mate change and other key global is­sues. World lead­ers made con­ces­sions on trade and cli­mate lan­guage to US Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump Satur­day at the end of the most frac­tious and riot-hit G20 sum­mit ever, in ex­change for pre­serv­ing a frag­ile unity of the club of ma­jor in­dus­tri­al­ized and emerg­ing economies.—AFP

HAMBURG: Riot Po­lice of­fi­cers es­cort a protest rally against the G-20 sum­mit in Hamburg, north­ern Ger­many.—AP

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