A bus of 30 Dutch activists on the way to Hamburg was apparently turned back home as demonstrators on the eve of the G20 summit clashed with police in the German city.
Reuters/ANP report that 76 police officers were wounded during a riot, while there were 45 arrests and more than a hundred injured protesters – a figure that has not been officially confirmed.
The ‘welcome to hell’ demonstration by some 12,000 people was aimed at world leaders who are attending the G20 summit, among them – at Angela Merkel’s invitation – Mark Rutte. The Netherlands is not a permanent member of the group.
On Friday, reports the BBC, Trump and Putin will meet face to face for the first time, while the subjects of climate and trade are set to dominate the two-day summit.
During the day, German police called for reinforcements after further protests, with 160 officers now injured, according to the Telegraaf.
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