‘Welcome to Hell’: Thousands of activists prepare for huge G20 protest as Porsche dealership is torched and 20,000 police are put on standby

Thursday, July 6, 2017
By Paul Martin

Around 100,000 protesters from across Europe are pouring into Hamburg ahead of G20 summit tomorrow
Germany police fear as many as 8,000 are ready to commit violence at protest dubbed, ‘Welcome To Hell’
Police are already investigating whether an overnight fire at Porsche dealership was linked to the summit
Host Chancellor Angela Merkel faces a tough task on navigating talks including trade and climate change

By JAY AKBAR
DailyMail.com
6 July 2017

Tens of thousands of anti-capitalist protesters are preparing to give US President Donald Trump and other world leaders a very hostile reception when they land in Hamburg for the G20 summit.

As many as 100,000 protesters from across Europe are pouring into the port city for a demonstration dubbed ‘Welcome To Hell’. Police believe as many as 8,000 are ready to commit violence.

Up to 20,000 police officers will be on duty to watch over the main demonstration, organised by the alliance of anti-capitalist groups.

Police are already investigating whether an overnight fire which burned down a luxury Porsche car dealership in Hamburg was an arson attack linked to the summit.

Protesters say the G20 has failed to solve many of the issues threatening world peace, including climate change, worsening inequality and violent conflicts.

The event poses a challenge for those tasked with securing the summit of leaders from the world’s 20 biggest economies, hosted by Chancellor Angela Merkel.

She faces a monumental talks on navigating through divisive issues including trade and climate change.

Merkel is set to meet leaders including Turkish leader Tayyip Erdogan and Trump, who today called on NATO allies to spend more on defence and claimed he would ‘confront’ North Korea.

Trump will also have his first session with Russian President Vladimir Putin since he called Russia’s behaviour ‘destabilising’ – a description the Kremlin rejected.

Merkel, who is running for a fourth term in a September election, stressed on Thursday that she was committed to an open international trading system, despite fears of US protectionism under Trump.

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