G20 protesters clash with police, set cars on fire

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News ID: 10938
Publish Date: 16:28 - 07 July 2017
TEHRAN, July 7, YJC -Angry protesters have clashed with police in Hamburg where leaders from the world's top economies convened for a summit amid tensions over President Donald Trump's decision to pull the US out of the Paris climate deal.

G20 protesters clash with police, set cars on fireTEHRAN, Young Journalists Club (YJC) -Police said violence that erupted during marches on Thursday continued into Friday, with anti-capitalist protesters setting fire to cars, barricades, rubbish bins and wooden pallets.

Officials said security forces had detained at least 29 protesters, with more than 100 police officers injured as of Friday morning, including three officers who required treatment in hospital.

They said despite the violence, the majority of an estimated 100,000 demonstrators in the city remained peaceful.

However, authorities called for reinforcements even as 15,000 police were on hand from each of Germany's 16 states after realizing the situation on the streets of Hamburg was proving more difficult than expected.

"We have asked nationwide if police forces are available and those requests are being reviewed," Reuters quoted a police spokesman as saying.

Police said demonstrators on Friday blocked several intersections and so-called transfer corridors -- roads designated to help delegations move between meetings.

One of the many police helicopters patrolling the skies was nearly struck by a rocket flare after the pilots of another helicopter sustained eye injuries from a laser directed against them on Thursday, a police statement said.

The new clashes came as leaders from the world's 20 developed and emerging economies prepared to begin a two-day meeting on key global issues, including trade, terrorism and climate change.

Earlier, anti-capitalism protesters greeted Trump and other world leaders with “Welcome to Hell.”

In a joint communique, Brazil, Russia, India and China - the so-called BRICS countries - called on the G20 to push for implementation of the Paris climate deal, ratcheting up pressure on Trump to compromise on the treaty.

Thousands of protesters from around Europe were pouring into Germany’s second largest city to join big demonstrations during the July 7-8 summit of leaders of the world's 20 biggest economies.

Police expected around 100,000 protesters. Up to 20,000 police officers will be on duty to watch over the main demonstration, dubbed "Welcome to Hell" by the alliance of anti-capitalist groups who organized it.

Tens of thousands were expected to gather around the same time as Trump's Air Force One jet is due to land in Hamburg.

Trump arrived in Hamburg on Thursday after spending several hours in Warsaw, Poland, where he delivered a speech and held a joint press conference with Poland’s president.

Trump’s unpopularity in Europe, as well as his apparent disregard for international treaties and human rights have helped mobilize a massive protest movement this year.

"He [Trump] is the most disruptive and egotistical leader at the summit," Turkish-German protester Fatima Cicek told Reuters.

"Trump is here to promote his own interests and those of the richest people in America," said Cicek. "We are demanding more rights for the millions of people in Africa who have no roof over their heads."

Protesters say the G20 is undemocratic and has failed to solve many of the issues threatening world peace, including violent conflicts, worsening inequality and climate change.

"It's ridiculous that police say some of us are violent when starting tomorrow the leaders of the world's largest weapons-exporting and importing nations will be arriving in our city," said Stefan Hubert, a 32-year-old graphic designer who came to the protest on Wednesday with three friends.

Posters denouncing Trump and the G20 are plastered across the city. On Wednesday, the front page of a popular local newspaper, the Hamburger Morgenpost, referred to Trump as a “horror clown.”

In a Pew survey of people in 37 countries around the world published at the end of June, the most popular terms used to describe Trump were “arrogant,” “intolerant” and “dangerous.”


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