Merkel sends in ARMY: Tanks roll into Hamburg as violent G20 protesters set city alight

Friday, July 7, 2017
By Paul Martin

ARMY tanks have rolled into Hamburg to help police cope with violent protesters campaigning as world leaders meet for the G20 summit.

Fri, Jul 7, 2017

The German city has been turned into a war zone as ‘anarchists’ dressed all in black with masks rampage around Hamburg on the first day of the summit.

Tight security around the conference area has prompted protesters to fan out around Hamburg, forcing police to request up to 1,000 further officers as reinforcements from throughout Germany, city police chief Ralf Martin Meyer said.

All areas of the city centre have been affected, including around the American Consulate in Dammtor.

At lunchtime residents saw several tanks heading into central Hamburg as the army was called in to help.

Military helicopters were also seen hovering above the summit centre.

A total of 15,000 police had already been deployed to the northern port city for the summit.

But with about 1,000 hard-left militants wreaking havoc, police have struggled to help as the dense, urban environment allows them to disperse and hide easily.

The local police have denied the army has been deployed, however photos verified by show tanks heading into Hamburg.

Small rumblings started as early as Saturday but escalated on Thursday night as they hurled beer bottles, blocked roads using rubbish bins and set cars on fire.

Vandals were seen trying to smash shop windows, throwing cafe tables through glass doors and chucking plant pots across the street.

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