Policemen stand in front of a looted shop after riots
struck Hamburg's Schanzenviertel district as the G-20 Summit heads
toward its close on Saturday.
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Tens of thousands of people turned out for the largest protests
yet against the G-20 meetings in Hamburg, Germany, Saturday. The
peaceful marches contrasted with the violence of Friday night, when
rioting and clashes with security forces erupted.
As of around
midday local time on Saturday, 143 people have been temporarily detained
and 122 taken into custody in summit-related operations that began on
June 22, the Hamburg police department said, adding that 213 police officers have been injured.
Anti-G-20 Summit protesters set fires during clashes with riot police in Hamburg, Germany, Friday night.
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In last night's unrest, cars, barricades, and trash cans were set
on fire, stores were looted, and rioters threw bottles and stones at
"Police used water cannons and SWAT teams to try and
stop the hundreds of rioters who plundered a grocery store and
vandalized other parts of a multi-cultural district in the city," NPR's
Soraya Sarhaddi Nelson reports. "Hamburg police spokesman Timo Zill told
public broadcaster ARD it took time for police units to move in because
they discovered rioters had prepared Molotov cocktails and stashed them
A store that was ravaged by looters during protests
against the G-20 Leaders' Summit, is seen in Hamburg, Germany, Saturday.
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Hamburg's police said they carried out a search Saturday at a
building linked to a group called the Hamburg Anti-imperialists, where
officers found and confiscated illegal pyrotechnic devices.
Chancellor Angela Merkel said of the unrest,
"There is no justification for violent protests. I respect peaceful
protesters; they are exercising their fundamental democratic rights.
Violent protesters merely demonstrate their contempt of democracy."
Demonstrators gather to march against the G-20 Summit in Hamburg on July 8, 2017.
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The meeting of the world's most powerful leaders have drawn a wide
range of protesters to Germany, from economic equality groups to
climate activists and refugee advocates.
As the summit headed
toward its conclusion Saturday, police said some 20,000 participants
gathered for one of the largest protests, with thousands more taking
part in marches and gatherings with titles such as "One World - One
Vibe," "Unlimited Solidarity" and "Hamburg Shows Attitude."
Pro-Smurf demonstrators are seen at Saturday's
"Grenzenlose Solidaritaet" ("unlimited solidarity") protest march in
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From Hamburg, Soraya reports for our Newscast unit from the scene
of a demonstration Saturday, "The march included Kurds protesting
against Ankara. There were also communists. And still other groups
chanted against capitalism."
Soraya adds, "Police in riot gear flanked the protesters, but most of the officers looked relaxed and did not intervene."
The G-20 Summit ended shortly before noon (ET) on Saturday.
A boy hands flowers to police as they watch a demonstration pass by during G-20 Summit meetings on Saturday.