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Militant anarchists continued violent protests in Hamburg for the second day as the G20 summit kicked off in the city. According to local press, at least 45 people have been detained and 159 police officers have been wounded in clashes. For the second day, police had to resort to water cannon to disperse protesters while dozens of were set on fire in the suburb of Altona.

As Reuters adds "for the 1,000 hard-left militants who wreaked havoc on the streets of Hamburg, German Chancellor Angela Merkel could not have chosen a better location to hold the G20 summit." That's because the dense, urban environment allows them to disperse and hide easily, and the city is full symbols of the wealth they detest - from the gleaming 800 million euro ($913 million) Elbphilharmonie concert hall to the shipyards that build luxury yachts.

As the July 7-8 summit started on Friday, Black Bloc anarchists and other anti-capitalist protesters sat in groups on main intersections, blocking streets and bridges leading to the summit venue as well as a road used by trucks at Hamburg Port. On Thursday night, they hurled beer bottles, blocked roads using trash bins and set cars on fire.

On Friday morning, G20 protesters staged a sit-in demonstration and blocked a road in Hamburg. Police said that they tried to urge the protesters to disperse peacefully, but then deployed water cannon to clear the road.

A Black Bloc activist who gave her name as Noura blamed police intransigence for the violence. "The police represent a government that says it is open and tolerant," said the 27-year-old, who came from the western town of Krefeld and was trying to talk male friends out of hurling beer bottles at riot police.

"We just want them to listen to us and take our ideas seriously," she said. "How do they want these young people not to be angry when they dismiss them all as a bunch of violent thugs?"

The Black Bloc movement, which gained prominence in the 1980s with violent protests against nuclear power and squatter evacuations, wants to end capitalism and replace it with a libertarian system void of state power and money.

Hamburg locals watched the violence unfold from their balconies on Thursday night, as police officers in full riot gear chased groups of mostly teenage Black Bloc activists who splintered when they saw the police approach, hiding in alleys on a hill on the northern bank of the Elbe River.


Several Black Bloc youth responded with "Get lost!" when approached by journalists, fearing that reporters wearing helmets were undercover police.

Meanwhile, Hamburg police requested reinforcements following overnight clashes in the city, according to Germany’s Welt newspaper, citing police officials. Berlin and Baden-Württemberg police units deployed 200 more officers each in addition to the 20,000 or so already providing security during the G20 summit. A police helicopter was nearly hit by a pistol flare light on Friday, the Hamburg police tweeted. At one point, the Hamburg police had to deny that the local army was getting involved, tweeting that "we are receiving no support from the army at the G20. There are clear constitutional limits on how we operate."

The comment was prompted by a photo which showed armed vehicles belonging to the Bundeswehr (Germany army) moving towards Altona.

Subsequently, Spiegel reported that the German army was transporting materials on orders from the police.

As a testament to the severity of the local protest, First Lady Melania Trump was stuck inside her guesthouse in Hamburg her spokeswoman told German news agency DPA, which was confirmed by US sources.

Melania Trump acknowledged the G20 protests earlier on Friday, saying she hopes everyone stays safe.

The first lady was due to attend an event for the spouses of world leaders, organized by the husband of German Chancellor Angela Merkel, Joachim Sauer.

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However, the most striking feature of the Hamburg violence was the pervasive attacks on cars by leftist protesters who set several cars on fire in Altona, several police vehicles also were vandalized, according to Hamburg police, who tweeted the images of police vans with black paint and smashed windows.

A video recorded in the neighborhood of Altona on Friday morning showed what looked like a war zone.

Twitter was flooded with pictures and videos showing burning cars in the streets of Altona.

It wasn't just cars: The Local's Emma Anderson reported that she was walking through the places hit by rioting. She has seen a bank with its windows smashed in, boarded up shops, and more burned out cars.

With the summit set to continue into Saturday, it remains to be seen if the local police will be able to maintain peace and order on its own, or if this will be the first time ever Germany has been forced to call in the army to prevent violent protesters from overrunning the G-20 summit.

Meanwhile, for most of the Hamburg population, among the chaos the following picture summarizes the mood best: "I'm a local and I just want to go to the supermarket'


Manthong FrozenGoodz (not verified) Fri, 07/07/2017 - 11:21 Permalink

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Ten bucks says Soros money is involved. 

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HillaryOdor SoilMyselfRotten Fri, 07/07/2017 - 10:56 Permalink

"libertarian system void of ... money"What?!? That line made me spit the food out of my empty mouth.  It landed on the corner of my circular table.  My cat barked and I looked through the concrete window and saw pigs flying.  What the hell is going on?How can people actually believe this crap.  Their ideology is an intractable walking contradiction, left-"libertarians" and "anarcho"-communists.  These people are so clueless.  Give me a break.  Your system can't be libertarian if you have to force it on everyone.  That makes it an informal form of government, or at least no better than one. 

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NumNutt NoDebt Fri, 07/07/2017 - 10:46 Permalink

Agree, so if they know this shit is going to happen every time, why not be a little more heavy handed? Where are the rubber bullets, batons, flash bangs, tear gas, electric cattle prods? Common make this shit real, German police need to get serious, spraying people with water on a hot summer day is not riot control.

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Raging Debate Diatom Fri, 07/07/2017 - 16:54 Permalink

Gus did not make recommendations.  He is stating what ultimately happens.He or she is an astute individual. Always like your stuff Gus and thank you for your time. Time is the only commodity we humans cannot buy. The form is not necessarily citizens but oligarchs fighting. We spend mucb time here discussing how to hedge as that inevitabity occurs. 

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swmnguy GUS100CORRINA Fri, 07/07/2017 - 10:46 Permalink

And a lot of American Neo-Feudalists will cheer State Violence.  They'll still consider LaVoy Finicum to be a martyr though.  It's not about principle.  It's about whose team is up and whose team is down.  But the problem with Authoritarianism never goes away.  Once The State is done brutalizing the people we like to watch being brutalized by soldiers in uniform, the soldiers won't be finished.  Then they come after all of us.

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itstippy swmnguy Fri, 07/07/2017 - 12:44 Permalink

But the unruly mob of Back Bloc protesters refused to remove their masks after being ordered to by the police loudspeakers!  The police had no option but to use teargas and water cannon on the disobedient rabble.The lawless miscreants responded by hurling beer bottles at the police and quickly dispersing down alleyways, only to show up again on the police's flank with more beer bottles and taunts.  The police are wearing 80lbs of riot gear and can't move as fast as the agile juvenile delinquents.  They can't get their water cannon into firing position.  Who could have foreseen this?!?

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NumNutt GUS100CORRINA Fri, 07/07/2017 - 10:57 Permalink

Actually there are reports that a number of German police have been injured by some type of high velocity projectiles, pictures show clear puncture type wounds, like maybe steel ballbearings from a slingshot. so the socialist asshats are they ones shooting first, makes you wonder who the real bad guys are, Soros must be so proud of his minions.

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NumNutt Mr Hankey Fri, 07/07/2017 - 11:47 Permalink

Oh big tough guy until you are the person with his tit caught in the ringer, who is the first group you call out for? the police. Who do you think the locals are rooting for when they walked out this morning and found some asshole burned their car to the ground? Way to go anarchist, lets make tptb angry by burning some personal property that belongs to an innocent bystander that they require to travel to work to feed their family. Fuck you and the other SJW assholes, in this situation I will take the side of the police.

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Raging Debate NumNutt Fri, 07/07/2017 - 17:18 Permalink

Numnutt - It is a true shame the targeting of those giving order a couple levels up does not happen until far too late. Here is the deal in my opinion. If you work for government most of the time you make out pretty good. But there are risks involved. They are paid for the risk and sign on, nobody forced this lifesstyle on thgem. Police get pension, insurance, they get to boss others around and avoid other general predataors becuase of that.But in certain cycles of corruption police are banther fodder (shit). They always were generally looked down on by senior politics and bankster types, same as military as pawns. But am I supposed to really feel bad here in America when the majority here have no retirement future, half not on .gov dole have no benefits from it all? Its a tough sell man . 

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GUS100CORRINA GUS100CORRINA Fri, 07/07/2017 - 11:59 Permalink

Good day everyone ...In previous comment I wrote:"THE DAY IS COMING WHEN THE AUTHORITIES ARE GOING TO SHOOT FIRST WITH REAL BULLETS AND ASK QUESTIONS LATER."I am NOT saying that this is a good thing, but the unrestrained violence we are seeing will leave the AUTHORITIES no choice. Not a pleasent thought, but unless things change, we are headed for a FULL BLOWN POLICE STATE. Below is something I constructed months ago and shared recently on ZH. I am going to post it again.====In a society where all lies, all deceptions, all corruptions are accepted, that society will lose control of everything. Chaos will begin to take over, and the only way that chaos will be slowed down will be when dictatorial control, or maybe even a police state is formed, where thought and behavior is fixed, and anybody out of bounds is punished. Eventually, the chaos has to be controlled. We’re not headed toward socialism; we could very well be headed toward a dictatorship in our world. Is this hard to grasp?

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Ink Pusher Haus-Targaryen Fri, 07/07/2017 - 10:32 Permalink

There is no such thing as a western government anymore, not since the corporate conglomerate and banking cartel takeovers were completed.The gang you refer to is the membership of the elitist globalist corpocracy.Marxism is nothing more than an archaic and outdated mal-defined fringe concept here in the 21st Century.Everyone has their own reason to protest, any attempt to get inside their heads on a collective level is an exercise in futility that will never yield any real or substantiative answers. 

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