Police arrests anti-G20 protesters as summit gets underway

Updated: 00:00 GMT, Jan 1, 1970 | Published: 10:31 GMT, Jul 7, 2017 |

Police arrested several anti-G20 protesters as clashes erupted on Friday (July 7) shortly before the summit of world leaders kicked off in the German port town of Hamburg.

Water cannons were used on protesters and police started to remove people from various protest sit-ins and blockades throughout the city centre.

Dozens of police were injured in clashes on Thursday (July 6), tarnishing the start of a meeting Chancellor Angela Merkel hopes will cement her role as a stateswoman as she seeks re-election in September.

Leaders from the world’s top economies will try to bridge deep differences with U.S. President Donald Trump on climate change and trade as the Group of 20 summit gets underway.

The meeting comes at a time of tectonic shifts in the global geo-political landscape, with Trump’s “America First” policies pushing Europe and China closer together.