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Germany: G20 riots continue on July 9; 186 arrested /update 6

Police use water cannons to disperse rioters on July 9; 186 arrested and 200 police officers injured since July 6

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/7/2017, 12h00 until 11/7/2017, 11h59 (Europe/Berlin). COUNTRY/REGION Hamburg


Anti-G20 activists rioted for a third night in a row in Hamburg on Saturday, July 8, continuing into the morning of Sunday, July 9, despite G20 leaders having left the city on Saturday. German authorities announced that at least 186 people have been arrested and approximately 225 people have been detained since Thursday, July 6. Police used water cannons to disperse protesters on Friday, Saturday, and Sunday, after officers were reportedly attacked with iron rods and pavement blocks. At least 200 police officers have been injured in the violence, and several protesters have also been wounded, although the exact number is unconfirmed.

German Foreign Minister, Sigmar Gabriel, condemned the violence, and city officials announced that victims of property destruction and looting would receive financial support from the government.

Security reinforcements remain in place throughout Hamburg due to the likelihood of further protests the coming days. The possibility of violence cannot be ruled out. Transportation disruptions in Hamburg and surrounding areas continue, and increased security measures at border crossings throughout Germany are still in effect.


The 12th G20 summit included leaders from the United States, Germany, United Kingdom, Turkey, South Africa, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Russia, Japan, Mexico, Italy, India, Indonesia, France, China, Canada, Brazil, Australia, and Argentina, and the European Union (EU).

Some 30 registered demonstrations were set to take place the week of the summit, including a large protest on Saturday, July 8; over 170 organizations demonstrated under the "Solidarity without borders instead of G20" motto, rallying at least 100,000 people.


Individuals are advised to avoid all protests, anticipate an increased security presence, and remain vigilant due to the possibility of violence. Report any suspicious objects or behavior to authorities. Travelers are advised to plan for additional travel time, to carry relevant ID documents, and to anticipate longer wait times at border security posts.

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