Hamburg Empties Out After G20 —Save the Rioters

Anti-globalization protests continue a 3rd night even after leaders go home
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jul 9, 2017 6:29 AM CDT
G-20 Now Over, Hamburg Riots Anyway
Policemen stand guard in the so-called 'Schanzenviertel' area next to a burning barricade, on the sidelines of the G-20 summit, early Sunday, July 9, 2017, in Hamburg. Rioters set up street barricades, looted supermarkets and attacked police with slingshots and firebombs.    (Daniel Bockwoldt)

Anti-globalization activists rioted for a third night in Hamburg early Sunday even after Group of 20 leaders had already left the northern Germany city. Police again used water cannon trucks against rioters attacking them with iron rods and pavement blocks. They arrested 186 protesters and temporarily detained another 225 people. Officials say 476 officers have been injured in the violence since Thursday. The number of injured protesters wasn't clear. Reuters takes a look at the riots through the eyes of Arab refugees in the city. "If people did this in Egypt they would be shot," says a 29-year-old Egyptian in Germany since 2011. "The state provides everything: housing, unemployment benefits, and education. Yet those people are not happy. I don't get it."

Adds a Syrian: "They are crazy. They have such a beautiful country and they are destroying it." German Foreign Minister Sigmar Gabriel condemned the violence, reports the AP, saying "Germany's reputation is severely affected internationally by the events in Hamburg." Gabriel told Bild am Sonntag paper that a Europe-wide investigative team should search for suspects. The overwhelming majority of the tens of thousands who took to the streets protested peacefully against the G-20 summit. (More G20 stories.)

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