HAMBURG, GERMANY (JULY 6, 2017) (REUTERS) – Thousands of protesters from around Europe, who say the G20 summit has failed to solve many of the issues threatening world peace, poured into Hamburg on Thursday (July 6) to join the main demonstration, dubbed “Welcome to Hell” by the alliance of anti-capitalist groups who organized it.
Police expected around 100,000 protesters in the port city, some 8,000 of whom are deemed by security forces to be ready to commit violence. Up to 20,000 police officers will be on hand for the main demonstration.
As protesters prepared to start their march, hundreds of riot police in full gear lined the streets.
Many locals are unhappy with German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s decision to hold the summit in the center of Germany’s second-largest city to show healthy democracies could tolerate protests, as they are worried about property damage by leftist militants.