Police fire water cannons at G-20 protesters in Germany
ABC News(HAMBURG, Germany) — Protesters clashed with police on Thursday in the streets of Hamburg, Germany, where this week’s G-20 summit is set to take place.
A police officer and one official were attacked near a fish market in the St. Pauli neighborhood, Hamburg Police said in a press release. The two were able to escape in a rescue vehicle and were not injured, according to police.
Emergency personnel and their vehicles were also attacked, and the identities of the assailants are not known, police said.
A portion of the crowd acted in a hostile manner toward officers on the scene, throwing bottles and other objects at them, police said. Officers have begun moving to make arrests.
Authorities fired water cannons and used pepper spray to disperse the crowds, Hamburg Police wrote on Twitter.
Some 12,000 people were in the crowd, and not all of them were violent, police said.
Police have not yet released figures on how many people were arrested and injured during the demonstrations.
On Twitter, police posted photos of large fires and urged bystanders in the area to leave.
Some 20,000 police officers had been activated to keep the demonstrations under control amid high tensions.
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