Germany Sends More Police to Battle Escalating G-20 Violence

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Germany sent more police to the city of Hamburg Friday morning, to help fight off protesters of the G-20 summit, which injured 160 police officers, as reported by Reuters on July 7, 2017 at 9:44 a.m. ET. The additional officers are to assist the 15,000 police that have been active on the scene fighting the escalating violence.

Demonstrators are showing their disapproval of the G-20 summit by sparring with officers and torching barricades, vehicles, and trash containers. A spokesman for the police stated that the violent turbulence in Hamburg, Germany, involved just a small portion of anarchist activists. He noted that most of the 100,000 protesters remained peaceful. The main demonstration included about 12,000 people.

The extra police were deployed on Friday, when small protest groups began damaging police cars, attacking one vehicle with a petrol bomb. Police helicopters were also in harm’s way; one was almost hit by a rocket flare. On Thursday, a laser was directed at a helicopter and caused eye injuries to the pilots.

Hamburg’s Interior Senator Andy Grote stated the violent protests injured 160 police officers. Police said demonstrators have been throwing bottles and stones, as well as using slingshots.

Security fears caused German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble to cancel a Friday morning appearance in downtown Hamburg. Spokeswoman for Melania Trump, Stephanie Grisham, announced that the first lady was denied clearance for her motorcade to tour Hamburg’s historic harbor.

The request for additional police came after the conference areas staunch security forced protesters to spread out around the city of Hamburg, as explained to reporters by City Police Chief Ralf Martin Meyer. This forced the city to request 900 – 1000 more officers throughout Germany for extra assistance.

The violence began during marches by protesters on Thursday in Hamburg, Germany. Malicious acts continued into Friday. Police detailed the slashed car tires in Canada’s G-20 delegation, as well as the smashed windows of Consulate of Mongolia’s vehicle.

Meyer noted that the main focus of the police is to secure corridors to make a safe pathway for the convoys of the G-20 leaders. Street blockades by protesters are continuing to be broken up by police.

Written by Carol Ruth Weber
Edited by Tracy Blake

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Reuters: German states send more police to Hamburg as G20 violence escalates

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