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Hamburg G20: protester anger over police tactics and lack of camps


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Hamburg G20: protester anger over police tactics and lack of camps

Tens of thousands protesters are preparing to demonstrate in the German city of Hamburg during the two-day G20 summit.

Despite the violent clashes between security forces and demonstrators which have already taken place, those demonstrating against the meeting insist the majority of protesters are peaceful.

Some activists, however, remain bitter over the force used by police and the lack of camps and places for demonstrators to stay.

Norbert Hachbusch from the left-wing Germany party Die Linke said: “There is frustration because camps could not be built. It’s intolerable that those governing this world are put up in luxury hotels and the rest of us don’t even have the right to camp. We would have organised everything. The city wouldn’t have had to a thing. It’s an effrontery, a coup against young people in Europe who wanted to come and demonstrate.”

The big protest issues remain wealth disparity and climate change. The cost of policing the G20 has also angered some locals.

Mathias Holz, a protester from Hamburg said: “This is a huge two-day event and the politicians involved and the German government have already said in the press that they do not expect any major decisions to be taken – but there will be five to seven hundred million euros burnt on this summit.”

The G20 protests have also draw in activists from further afield.

Sephora Cazeaux, from France, said: “I’m not very politically engaged, but in principle the withdrawal by Trump from the Paris Climate deal. I think we need to send out the message that this retreat by the US will be catastrophic for the environment.”

German police have used water cannon and pepper spray to disperse anti-capitalist protesters ahead of the summit which will include Presidents Donald Trump, Xi Kinping and Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.