Police have taken in Hamburg on Saturday morning after a day of clashes with anti-capitalist protesters trying to disrupt the G20 summit of world leaders in the city.
The heavily armed police commanders moved after militants spent most of the day trying to wrest control of the streets from more than 15 000 police officers for firing, shelling and building barricades.
With meetings between the leaders of the club of the 20 largest economies ended for the day, police broke into the last redoubts that gathered in the district of Schanzenviertel, a region known for its left activism and culture squatting.
Two months before re-election, Chancellor Angela Merkel hoped to consolidate Germany’s growing global leadership role by demonstrating her firm commitment to freedom of expression, assembly and dissent by holding Summit in the center of a city with a proud radical tradition.
Demonstrators burned cars and trucks, smashed windows on benches, rented retail stores and paving trays and other items before police re-established the order. Some 197 officers were injured after two days of fighting in the port city. The police made 19 arrests and detained dozens more.
Standing at a restaurant near Falafel Mohammad Halabi, 32, a Syrian who came to Germany as a refugee 18 months ago, examined the scene in disbelief.
“They are crazy, I can not believe what I saw,” he said. “They have a beautiful country and they destroy it.”
However, G-20 participants said they had never seen protesters near a summit in Hamburg and praised the work of the police to keep the event secure, suggesting that Merkel’s bet paid.
“I have full understanding of peaceful protests, but violent protests endanger human lives,” Merkel said earlier.
Most of the 100,000 demonstrators were peaceful, hoisting signals that G-20 leaders were unwelcome, or participating in mass-centered mass-town processions in brightly colored uniforms.
When world leaders, including US President Donald Trump and Chinese President Xi Jinping gathered for a Beethoven concert at the Elbphilharmonie concert hall on one side of the river, protesters broke the music of Jimi Hendrix in the other side.
But in the most dramatic scenes of the night, police prosecuted members of the radical Black Bloc movement that wants to wipe out capitalism, through a scaffold, while seeking shelter on the rooftops. Then, burning barricades have a strong smoke.
Despite the chaos that threatened to submerge parts of the city for most of the day, the summit, with thousands of participants from dozens of countries, was not affected.
Police refused to release the trailer for the first wife Melanie Trump United States to leave the hotel for a tour of the historic port and protests have delayed the movement of buses leaving the state dinner that ended meetings….