Authorities are reporting that nearly 100,000 protestors have showed up to Hamburg, Germany, in protest of the G20 summit that is happening this week. They are anti-capitalist protestors, preparing to give Donald Trump and other world leaders a threatening welcome.
The protestors have gathered from a variety of European countries and called their protest, “Welcome to Hell”. Police have gathered enough intelligence to believe at least 8,000 might be planning on committing violent acts.
They have had to place 20,000 officers on duty to be stationed around the protest to try and ensure peace.
The Daily Mail reports:
Protesters say the G20 has failed to solve many of the issues threatening world peace, including climate change, worsening inequality and violent conflicts.
The event poses a challenge for those tasked with securing the summit of leaders from the world’s 20 biggest economies, hosted by Chancellor Angela Merkel.
She faces a monumental talks on navigating through divisive issues including trade and climate change.
Merkel is set to meet leaders including Turkish president Tayyip Erdogan and Donald Trump, who today called on NATO allies to spend more on defence and claimed he would ‘confront’ North Korea.
Trump will also have his first session with Russian President Vladimir Putin since he called Russia’s behaviour ‘destabilising’ – a description the Kremlin rejected.
Merkel, who is running for a fourth term in a September election, stressed on Thursday that she was committed to an open international trading system, despite fears of US protectionism under Trump.
‘We are united in our will to strengthen multilateral relations at the G20 summit… We need an open society, especially open trade flows,’ she said in Berlin.
Several small demonstrations in Hamburg this week have passed off relatively peacefully. On Wednesday more than 7,000 mainly young and beer-drinking revelers staged a march waving placards denouncing capitalism and G20 leaders.
But a fire overnight at a luxury Porsche car dealership in the north of the city that damaged eight vehicles could be a foretaste of what’s to come. Police said they were investigating whether it was an arson attack linked to the summit.
Locals are unhappy with Merkel’s decision to hold the summit in the centre of Germany’s second-largest city to show healthy democracies could tolerate protests, as they are worried about property damage by leftist militants.
After Hamburg authorities curbed camping by protesters, the St Pauli football club offered 200 sleeping places in their stadium as ‘a clear signal for human rights, freedom of expression and the right to demonstrate’.
The damage at the Porsche dealership is just the beginning, according to several sources among the protestors.
Many groups have outwardly said they are there and ready to do damage.