German states send more police to Hamburg as G-20 violence escalates

German police remove protestors who are blocking a street at a demonstration during the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017. REUTERS/Pawel Kopczynski
Updated 07 July 2017

German states send more police to Hamburg as G-20 violence escalates

HAMBURG: Protesters injured 160 police officers in clashes and torched cars, barricades and rubbish bins on Friday as leaders from the world’s top economies gathered for a summit in Hamburg.
Police forces around Germany dispatched reinforcements to help 15,000 police already deployed to the northern port city for the Group of 20 (G-20) summit as the violence escalated. At least 15 people were arrested and dozens more held for questioning.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble canceled an appearance in downtown Hamburg on Friday morning due to security concerns, and police declined to clear US First Lady Melania Trump’s motorcade to leave her hotel to join in a tour of the city’s historic harbor, her spokeswoman said.
“She has already missed a good portion of it. It’s too bad, she was really looking forward to it,” Stephanie Grisham said.
Andy Grote, Hamburg’s interior minister, said 160 police officers had been injured in what he called “frightening” violence. Three officers required treatment in hospital, police said, noting that protesters had also used slingshots as well as thrown bottles and stones.
Ralf Martin Meyer, City police chief, told reporters that tight security around the conference area had caused protesters to fan out around Hamburg, forcing police to request 900-1,000 further officers as reinforcements from throughout Germany.
“We are focusing on securing corridors to make sure that the path for (leaders’) convoys is clear,” said Meyer.
“We have to expect everything, and we are expecting everything,” Grote said.
Police said violence that erupted during marches on Thursday continued into Friday, with far left protesters slashing the tires of a car belonging to Canada’s G-20 delegation and smashing windows of the consulate of Mongolia.
A police spokesman said only small numbers of far left or anarchist protesters were involved in disturbances, with the majority of an estimated 100,000 demonstrators in the city remaining peaceful. Some 12,000 took part in the main march.
On Friday, smaller groups of protesters attacked both manned and empty police cars, one of which was hit by a petrol bomb, police said.
One of the many police helicopters patrolling the skies was nearly struck by a rocket flare, police said in a statement. On Thursday the pilots of another helicopter sustained eye injuries after a laser was directed against them.
Police said they continued to dispel street blockades throughout Hamburg.


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Updated 03 December 2020

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Authorities also reported 554 deaths in the last 24 hours, pushing the official death toll to 41,607 since the pandemic began.