G20 protests: Police clash with demonstrators in Hamburg ahead of summit

German police have used water cannons and pepper spray to disperse protesters in Hamburg after being attacked with bottles and stones by marchers protesting about the G20 summit.

Key points:

  • Police clash with group of 1,000 black-clad anarchists
  • At least seven police officers injured
  • About 100,000 protesters expected during summit

At least seven officers were injured in the clashes that erupted near the summit venue on Thursday evening, less than an hour after Chancellor Angela Merkel met US President Donald Trump.

Police said they repeatedly asked a group of hardcore anti-capitalist demonstrators to remove their masks, to no avail.

They fired water cannons at black-clad protesters after they threw bottles and bricks, breaking the window of a police vehicle.

A nearby building was plastered with the slogan: “Borderless solidarity instead of nationalism: attack the G20.”

Source: G20 protests: Police clash with demonstrators in Hamburg ahead of summit – ABC News (Australian Broadcasting Corporation)