Police and protesters went home bruised on Thursday night after hours of intense demonstrations on the streets of Hamburg, Germany, as the G20 summit got underway.

Cars were set on fire and police used water canon on masked demonstrators in a violent beginning to the international body’s first meeting since Donald Trump became US President.

The precise number of protesters who turned out was unclear, but police were preparing to deal with as many as 100,000. At least 75 police officers were hurt throughout the evening. The number of injured protesters is unknown.

Below are some of the most dramatic photos from a night of unrest in Germany.


Some 20,000 police from across Germany came to Hamburg for the protests.

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They blocked off streets with armoured vehicles and plastic barricades like this.

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Police and protesters met head-on-head in sealed-off streets.

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Some protesters were arrested and taken away by riot police.

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Police quickly brought out water cannon to try to control the protests.

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Protesters responded to the police by letting off smoke canisters.

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Protesters brought a truck of their own along, which they drove right up to police lines.

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The march continued into the night.

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Police and protesters continued to stand off at a series of choke points.

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Police elsewhere got showered with fake dollar bills.

Foto: source Police elsewhere got showered with fake dollar bills.

Tensions increased — and fires sprung up — after the sun went down.

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There were multiple fires on the streets throughout the night.

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The water cannon kept on firing through the night.

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A raised finger was a popular gesture from protesters faced with water cannon.

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Firefighters were still dealing with the aftermath the morning after.

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Protests kicked off again on Friday morning.

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Here’s a group of demonstrators, who’ve linked armed to make it harder for riot police to drag them away.


Police broke up this group for blocking a street. More protests are expected throughout the day.

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