Leftist demonstration turns violent in Hamburg

8th September 2008, Comments 0 comments

Eighteen people were injured, 11 of them police officers, following the event in the Scheunenviertel area of the city.

Berlin -- A street party in Hamburg turned violent overnight after leftist demonstrators went on the rampage, police in the northern German port said Sunday.

Eighteen people were injured, 11 of them police officers, following the event in the Scheunenviertel area of the city, renowned for the many residents adopting an alternative, anti-authority lifestyle.

Police deployed water cannon and used riot sticks to break up the gathering. About 950 officers were on duty to contain the violence.

Police detained 39 people temporarily after the demonstrators erected street barricades, set fire to refuse containers and broke shop windows. They also pelted passing cars with stones.

The fire brigade doused 13 small fires.

A street party in the area turned violent last year. The protests are similar to the May Day clashes with police that have taken place virtually every year for the past 20 years in Berlin's Kreuzberg-Friedrichshain area.

-- DPA/Expatica

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