The German city of Hamburg is on fire as G-20 anarchists throw a huge, destructive tantrum in their protest of capitalism.
Tens of thousands of masked anarchists greeted the world leaders as they arrived in Hamburg for the two-day summit with the slogan “Welcome to Hell” and then proceeded to prove that point by setting fires all over the city and attacking police with sticks, iron rods and even pelting them with bottles of water.
According to police, approximately 100,000 protesters are expected to show their disdain for globalization. Of those, security forces expect maybe 8,000 to commit violence.
Police estimated that at least 13,000 protesters joined the main march on Thursday, including around 1,000 masked anarchists who were dressed in black.
Such protests occur around every G-20 Summit. This year’s crop of angry anarchists are leaving a wide path of destruction throughout the city. So far, at least 100 are currently in police custody. Nearly 200 officers have been wounded in the melee.
It’s gotten so bad that authorities have had to deploy a range of special forces units in the Schanzenviertel area against “militant persons,” after activists “armed with Molotov cocktails and iron bars” attacked the police. The move forced the anarchists to split into smaller groups.
The latest press release issued from the Hamburg authorities states that they are being “repeatedly subjected to violent attacks,” with stones and bottles being thrown at police lines. Approximately 500 demonstrators looted a supermarket before setting the place on fire.
The violent groups have also built barricades around Hamburg’s underground railway stations and set fire to nearby cars.
Hamburg police have created an online portal where authorities are asking the public to upload “original” media files to help identify the perpetrators.
“We ask all persons who have produced videos or pictures of criminals or criminally relevant events to use the media upload intensively in order to help in the investigation of criminals,”police said.
‘Welcome to Hell’ organizer Andreas Blechschmidt said the slogan is “a combative message … but it’s also meant to symbolize that G-20 policies worldwide are responsible for hellish conditions like hunger, war and the climate disaster.”
Blechschmidt explained to reporters that his anarchists will attempt to blockade access to the summit venue and, as usual, “reserve for themselves the option of militant resistance” against police.
The G-20 Welcome to Hell website describes itself as an “autonomous and anti-capitalist alliance against the G20 Summit in Hamburg” and states that they are there to “express protest and resistance, radical critique and practice against the patriarchal and capitalist state of affairs.”
— RT (@RT_com) July 8, 2017
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