A gigantic demonstration of anti-capitalist protestors at the G20 summit have left the German city of Hamburg resembling a war zone, with cars and buildings set on fire, businesses looted, and police attacked with petrol bombs.
Authorities are reporting that in just two nights of protests, around 200 officers were injured in the riots. At least one protestor was arrested and charged with attempted murder as he shot laser pointers into the eyes of helicopter pilots and police officers. Police say around 10,000 thugs were causing all the mayhem.
Germany police found themselves overwhelmed, despite the government stationing over 20,000 officers throughout the city.
The Daily Mail reports:
Germany’s interior minister described the rioting as ‘the opposite of democratic protest’.
Thomas de Maiziere said: ‘These were unbounded violent excesses out of a desire for destruction and brutality.’
He added that ‘completely uninhibited attacks against people and objects, looting and arson by anarchists from Germany and Europe, have nothing to do with political motives or protest’.
Police say riots were extremely violent in the early hours of this morning in the city’s Schanzenviertel neighborhood.
The fires burned across the city as the world leaders attending the G20 conference spent the evening listening to Beethoven’s 9th Symphony and dining in style.
The heads of state will come together later today to discuss issues including terrorism, climate change and trade.
Riot police fired tear gas and water canons to disperse thousands of activists determined to soil the symbolic event.
Other protesters dived in the water surrounding the venue and were apprehended by police speedboats.
Protestors in the famously liberal city are furious at the estimated £115million cost of the summit to German taxpayers.
Hundreds of officers went into buildings to arrest rioters while being attacked with iron rods and Molotov cocktails thrown from the roofs.
Thirteen activists were arrested when special units stormed one building.
Some 500 people looted a supermarket in the neighbourhood as well as smaller stores. Cars were torched, street fires lit as activists built barricades with rubbish bins and bikes.
Some looters could be seen with baskets, filled to the brim with bottles of alcohol.
Police had made 70 arrests during the protests, which saw fires in the streets so large that they could spotted across the city’s skyline.