Clashes follow police raids ahead of G8 summit

10th May 2007, Comments 0 comments

10 May 2007, Hamburg (dpa) - Four people were injured and 12 arrested Wednesday evening during demonstrations against police raids on the homes and meeting places of radicals planning globalization protests at next month's G8 summit in Germany, police said Thursday. More than 5,000 people took part in the protests in Hamburg, Berlin and other cities. Most of the protests were peaceful but clashes erupted in Hamburg, where police used water canon to disperse about 2,000 demonstrators, some of whom who threw

10 May 2007

Hamburg (dpa) - Four people were injured and 12 arrested Wednesday evening during demonstrations against police raids on the homes and meeting places of radicals planning globalization protests at next month's G8 summit in Germany, police said Thursday.

More than 5,000 people took part in the protests in Hamburg, Berlin and other cities. Most of the protests were peaceful but clashes erupted in Hamburg, where police used water canon to disperse about 2,000 demonstrators, some of whom who threw bottles and stones at the officers.

Four people were injured and eight taken into custody before calm was restored after two hours, a police spokesman said.

In Berlin, a 3,000-strong march proceeded peacefully, but four people were arrested on the fringe of the demonstration. No incidents were reported in other cities.

Wednesday's raids occurred in six northern states as Germany prepares to host the Group of Eight summit of seven of the world's leading economies and Russia on June 6-8 in the Baltic Sea resort of Heiligendamm.

Federal prosecutors said they had indications that a terrorist association was forming to carry out arson and other violent actions to disrupt or prevent the meeting of Germany, Britain, Canada, France, Italy, Japan, the United States and Russia.

Prosecutors said they were investigating 21 persons from two groups in relation to terrorism offences, after petrol-bomb attacks over the past year on homes and cars of industrialists and officials in Berlin and Hamburg.

Nobody has been wounded in any of the attacks, which mainly have happened late at night, but they caused material damage.

Opposition Green Party chairwoman Claudia Roth and the Jusos, the youth organization of the co-ruling Social Democratic Party, criticized the raids as feeding "a climate of escalation."

Attac, an organization critical of globalization, called them an effort "to criminalize the entire spectrum of G8 opponents." Attac was not affected by the raids, it said.

The chairman of the German police union, Konrad Freiberg, said there was a serious danger of extreme left-wingers stepping up attacks in the run-up to the summit.

German police said they expect 50,000 to 100,000 protesters to gather next month near Heiligendamm. Most of the protesters were expected to peacefully listen to anti-G8 songs at a pop concert.

But police unofficially estimate that 3 to 5 per cent of the protesters do not subscribe to non-violence and might try to evade police roadblocks and fences and invade the summit.

DPA

Subject: German news

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