Clashes erupted between police, protesters in the streets of Hamburg

Vastavam web:  Fresh clashes erupted early today in the streets of Hamburg following the end of the G20 summit, with protesters setting fire to a number of vehicles, the police said.The protesters gathered after the close of the summit in the Schanzen district, a stronghold for extreme left radicals which has been the site of multiple confrontations since Thursday.Armed with glass bottles and targeting vehicles, many of which they set on fire, the protesters were pushed back by the police, using water cannon and tear gas, the police said on Twitter.

According to the most recent figures given by the police yesterday, some 213 police officers have been injured since Thursday, and 143 people have been detained. No accurate number for protestors injured is available.On Thursday, a planned peaceful march by around 12,000 people protesting against globalization turned violent.Hamburg, a vibrant port city, is a citadel of leftwing radicals and authorities had long been bracing for possible violence on the sidelines of the summit.The German police officers’ union GdP on Friday hit out at anarchist groups called the Black Bloc, accusing them of “hijacking peaceful demonstrations by tens of thousands of people to deliberately attack” police.