As Angela Merkel welcomes world leaders to Germany for the G20 summit, protesters greet them with banners and in zombie costumes.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel woke up to welcome world leaders on Thursday for the global G20 summit.
US President Donald Trump and Turkey's Recep Tayyip Erdogan arrived in port city of Hamburg, while Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived after his three-day historic visit to Israel.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes U.S. President Donald Trump at the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg (Pic: Reuters)
This G20 Summit is important for Chancellor Merkel, who is campaigning for the fourth term and seeks re-election in September, as it offers her a chance to mend her diplomatic relations.
German Chancellor Angela Merkel welcomes India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi at the G20 leaders summit in Hamburg (Pic: Reuters)
However, protesters against the G20 Summit marred the welcome Merkel had planned.
The world leaders were greeted by people dressed as zombies walking the streets, protesters waving not bouquets, but posters reading 'Welcome To Hell', and figurines of Putin and Trump being chewed by dogs.
An hour after Merkel and Trump's meeting on Thursday evening, police clashed with demonstrators near the summit venue, firing water cannons and pepper spray.
Members of Schwarze Block, black bloc participants are often associated with anarchism, dressed in black hoodies and green sunglasses, led the parade near the venue of the summit at St Pauli street.
About 8,000 people had gathered at the site and the demonstration began with a hip-hop sort of formation, giving an open-air festival vibe. They wanted to march to the summit venue, but police wanted them to remove their masks.
After a tense standoff and failed attempts of negotiations, the violence prevailed. Smoke bombs and bottles were thrown.
Later that evening, the protestors set a pile of trash on fire in the street near the Rote Flora, a building that has been a traditional gathering spot for leftists, source reported.
The fire was doused around midnight.
Over 76 police officers were injured. An officer in police helicopter suffered a serious eye injury after a laser was pointed at the chopper.topics from