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15,000 officers in Hamburg can't control G20 protesters

Staff Writer | July 7, 2017
Protesters injured at least 160 police officers, torched cars and trucks and broke into a locked-down metro station on Friday.
Hamburg G20 protesters
Leaders   The Black Bloc movement
They are seeking to wrest control of the streets of Hamburg as leaders from the world's biggest economies met nearby.

The escalating violence prompted Hamburg's police to call in reinforcements from around Germany to help the 15,000 officers already deployed to the northern port city for the G20 summit.

A Reuters witness said protesters from the radical Black Bloc movement appeared to be trying to reach the city's riverside Elbphilarmonie concert hall, where leaders such as U.S. President Donald Trump were due to attend a concert later.

The Black Bloc movement, which wants to overthrow capitalism, had some success in disrupting the leaders' discussions despite the ring of steel that surrounded them.

German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schaeuble canceled an appearance in downtown Hamburg on Friday morning due to security concerns.

Police also declined to clear U.S. First Lady Melania Trump's motorcade to leave her hotel to join in a tour of the city's historic harbor, her spokeswoman said.