Violent protests leave Melania Trump unable to join G20 events as Hamburg police call for backup

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Anti-capitalist protestors brought the city of Hamburg to a standstill on Friday as they fought running battles in the streets with police and tried to disrupt the G20 summit.

Protesters set upon police with iron bars and attacked a police helicopter with a firework which narrowly missed. They set cars alight across the city and tore down street signs to make their own barricades.

Melania Trump, the US First Lady, missed a boat trip laid on for the spouses of world leaders after the American delegation said it was unsafe for her to leave the building where she was staying.

At one point Malcolm Turnbull, the Australian prime minister, tweeted that he was under “security lockdown” with Joko Widodo, the Indonesian president.

Police guarding the hotel where Mr Turnbull and Vladimir Putin were both staying had earlier come under attack by protesters.

Jean-Claude Juncker and Donald Tusk, the EU representatives, were 45 minutes late to a press conference after being blocked by protesters, and Wolfgang Schäuble, the German finance minister, had to pull out of a planned meeting.

Police fought back with water cannon and pepper spray, but at times seemed overwhelmed. By mid-morning they issued an urgent call for reinforcements from across Germany, despite the fact there were already 15,000 officers on the ground. (Click to Article)

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