G20 Violence at the summit Escalation on the “Schulterblatt”
The chaos prevailed: during the night, militant G20 opponents turned the Hamburger “Schanzenviertel”(its a district) into a battlefield. The police finally moved forward with special forces.
Barricades burn, windows are plundered with heavy paving stones, a drugstore and a supermarket looted. On the roads rioters and many schaulustige, in the road shoulder blade around the autonomous center red flora burns lichterloh. In the sky a helicopter circling with searchlights. The chaos therewas for a good three hours, and the police are advancing at midnight with a massive squad.
These are dramatic scenes, which take place in the evening at night and in the Hamburg Schanzenviertel.
Around 1500 militant G20 opponents, mainly from the black block, are said to have resided in the police district. The police called on the citizens via Facebook to distance themselves clearly from violent offenders. “We are now proceeding consistently against the offenders in the shoulder blade. Supports our work and removes you immediately!”
It took some time until the “schulterblatt” was cleared. Armed specialists were armed with machine guns, according to the police, the threat to the officials had been considerable. There were indications that attacks had been prepared with Molotov cocktails, twins, and throwing objects. The invaders asked the uninvolved to remove themselves. On TV pictures were seen how emergency forces penetrated into houses and stood on roofs. Barricades were pushed away with armored vehicles. Water jets were in use. The police were also spraying tear gas.
13 people were arrested in a house on the “Schulterblatt”. In the riots, police officers from the Friday evening killed 197 officials, including no serious injuries. The number of injured G20 opponents and peaceful demonstrators could not be reported by police or fire brigade. A fire-fighter said the Autonomists had their own paramedics, so that in many cases they did not have to rely on external help.
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In the course of the night the situation calmed down. In the early hours of the morning there were still bottlenecks on police vehicles. The previously set-up S-Bahn operation and the railway long-distance traffic ran again.
Already since Thursday evening, the police again and again with water guns and tear gas against partly hooded left caronomas. Also on Friday, militant perpetrators armed with police cars, beat windows and erected street barricades. They used iron bars and threw Molotov cocktails. They were injured by bombarding steel balls made of twins. In the Schanzenviertel an official from the police issued a warning shot in the evening, after being massively harassed by violent men.
There were also riots in the vicinity of the Elbphilharmonie. The police reported that they had been massively struck with objects and had used water jugs. In the Elbphilharmonie the participants of the G20 summit had gathered on Friday evening for a concert.
Summit opponents accused the police of having used “uninhibited violence” with pepper spray and water jets in evacuations. Because of the clashes, the police officers on Friday had asked for further support from hundreds of other German states. The number of policemen deployed should be as high as 21,000.
Chancellor Angela Merkel (CDU) said she had understanding for peaceful protest, but violent demonstrations “human life in danger” and “not to accept”. Federal Justice Minister Heiko Maas (SPD) demanded rigorous penalties.