Riot police clash with G20 'welcome to hell' protestors
German police fired water cannon and pepper spray at protesters gathered to demonstrate against a G20 summit in Hamburg after a group of demonstrators threw bottles and other objects at riot police.
Police expected around 100,000 protesters from around Europe, who say the G20 has failed to solve many of the issues threatening world peace, to gather for the demonstration dubbed "Welcome to Hell" by the anti-capitalist groups behind it.
Reinforcements were drafted in from around the country with 20,000 officers on hand to patrol the city's streets, skies and waterways.
Cty police chief Ralf Martin Meyer told ZDF television earlier on Thursday~: "We are sceptical as to whether this evening and tonight will remain peaceful."
Demonstrators have promised massive protests against US President Donald Trump, Russian leader Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, three of the more controversial leaders of the G20 nations.