Riot police and anti-globalization activists collided in the streets of the German port of Rostock today after an early show of opposition to next week's G8 summit degenerated into violence. Police used water cannons and tear gas against demonstrators who showered them with bottles and stones, causing more peaceful protesters to disperse. Officials said 146 officers were injured.
Tens of thousands of protesters are already in the area around the beach resort where the meetings will take place. In response, the country has prepared its largest postwar security operation, which includes a fence around the resort. Chancellor Angela Merkel plays host to the leaders of the US, UK, France, Japan, Italy, Russia, and Canada in Heiligendamm beginning Wednesday.