G8 Protesters Clash With German Police

Demonstration ends with activists arrested, officers injured
By Marie Morris,  Newser Staff
Posted Jun 2, 2007 2:36 PM CDT
G8 Protesters Clash With German Police
Police use water cannon against demonstrators during clashes at the northern German city of Rostock on Saturday, June 2, 2007, during a demonstration against the upcoming G8 summit. The G8 summit will be held in Heiligendamm near Rostock from June 7 through 8, 2007. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)   (Associated Press)

(Newser) – 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. (Read more G8 summit stories.)

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