Cops blast “Welcome to Hell” G20 protesters with water cannon

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At least 76 police officers have been injured after protests turned violent on the eve of the G20 summit, as German officers clashed with masked anti-capitalist activists hurling bottles and stones.

The march by around 12,000 people in Hamburg protesting against globalisation, dubbed “Welcome to Hell”, was halted as police used water cannon and tear gas to disperse violent crowds.

About 1,000 of the protesters were covering their faces, which is illegal during protests in Germany, according to police.

Video showed protesters scrambling to leave the scene, while others defiantly stood in the way of water cannon trucks as they moved in surrounded by riot police with helmets and batons.

Police tweeted a photo of a car and flames and said shop windows were smashed.

The main “Welcome to Hell” march was called off after the clashes but thousands of people remained as night fell and some engaged in…

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