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Special forces deployed, as rioters plunder shops in left-wing Hamburg neighborhood | The Local

Special forces deployed, as rioters plunder shops in left-wing Hamburg neighborhood | The Local

The violence that has marred the G20 summit since Thursday escalated even further late on Friday evening, with rioters smashing up and plundering shops in the left-wing Schanzenviertel neighbourhood.

Police responded in huge numbers to the violence, deploying water cannon against the rioters, who defended themselves by constructing burning barricades. Special forces, armed with machine guns, were even called to the scene.

The G20 summit of leaders of 20 of the world’s biggest economies started on Friday in Hamburg. Saturday is the final day of the summit hosted by Chancellor Angela Merkel.

Source: Special forces deployed, as rioters plunder shops in left-wing Hamburg neighbourhood – The Local