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Final anti-G20 summit march takes place despite high security

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Source: Reuters

After two days of violent clashes which marred the G20 summit at Hamburg, hundreds of protestors under the tight security of German police took part in the final march against G20 summit of global leaders. Late in the evening, after leaders had left Hamburg, police turned on water cannon to disperse remaining protestors, who started throwing bottles and other objects. Emergency services said they were treating injured people but gave no numbers.

After riots on Friday, tensions prevailed in Hamburg after radicals allegedly looted shops, set vehicles ablaze and hurled objects. The city centre was on lockdown with luxury shops along the main streets barricaded up and many protected by security guards.

In the final demonstration, over 50,000 people gathered for a “G20 – not welcome” in the port city. At one point a group of about 120 people, some masked, kicked police and attacked them with flagpoles before running away. Chancellor Angela Merkel, facing an election in September, had sought to underscore her commitment to free speech by holding the summit in central Hamburg, a trading hub with a long tradition of leftist radicalism.

As per reports, Merkel, who met police and security forces after the summit to thank them, condemned the violence but also said the majority were peaceful and legitimate protesters.

“I condemn in the strongest terms the extreme violence and unbridled brutality that police were repeatedly confronted with,” she said at the end of a summit which exposed differences with the United States on climate change.

However, on Saturday mostly young protesters, some holding balloons, others pushing prams, wanted to keep the demonstration peaceful as hip-hop and Turkish music blasted out of speakers.

“The message is G20 – never again and certainly not in Hamburg. We aim to remain peaceful. We want to show we can demonstrate without violence” said a protestor.

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