German police disperse G20 protest with water cannon before summit

Posted July 06, 2017

Angela Merkel's schedule is tight, especially on the eve of G20's opening in Hamburg but German Chancellor plans to meet with U.S. President on Thursday, prior to the G20 summit starting.

Much of the media focus will be on the first face-to-face meeting between Mr Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin, as relations between the two nations sour over alleged Russian interference in the 2016 USA election and differing views on Syria and Ukraine.

We have a MASSIVE trade deficit with Germany, plus they pay FAR LESS than they should on North Atlantic Treaty Organisation & military.

The G20 meeting follows a G7 summit in Sicily a month ago that exposed deep divisions between other Western countries and Trump on climate change, trade and migration.

Merkel predicted "a whole series of thorny issues" at the summit.

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"I did not hesitate to agree to that", said Scholz.

The G20 brings together the top world economies and left-wing protesters view the summit as a symbol of capitalism and an opportunity to voice their frustrations with the global elite and globalization.

'It's not only going to be about (economic) growth but rather sustainable growth, ' she said.

'We're preparing intensively for every form of protest, ' he said.

In addition to the no-protest zone, tightly secured transit corridors were set up to ensure that convoys will be able to keep moving so they don't become targets for violent demonstrators or extremist attacks.

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German police have already used a water cannon to disperse about 500 anti-capitalist protesters in the city before the two-day summit.

"Freedom of assembly is only valid for peaceful demonstrations", he said in n the Sunday edition of the daily Bild, adding that any violence "should be nipped in the bud".

Around 15,000 police will be deployed to protect the summit, in addition to 3,800 officers monitoring airport and train security.

The rising global threat posed by Pyongyang is likely to see conflicts over climate and trade take a back seat as regional neighbours China, Japan and South Korea gather with Trump and Russian strongman Vladimir Putin in Hamburg.

She reiterated that the Trump administration's decision to withdraw from the Paris climate accord was "extraordinarily regrettable".

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