Terrifying footage has emerged of two suspects armed with machetes appearing to repeatedly hack at a man after chasing him down the street in a daylight attack.
CCTV footage of the incident on Wright Street, in Small Heath, Birmingham, shows two men both armed with large blades running after another male before the victim falls the ground.
The two suspects then descend upon the 22-year-old man in what police believe was as a targeted attack.
The suspects then flee the scene, with the victim quickly getting up and staggering in the opposite direction with what appears to be a bleeding hand.
West Midlands Ambulance Service confirmed they received reports of a stabbing on the evening of 18 July and that the victim made his own way to hospital. The victim remains in hospital in a stable condition after suffering lacerations to his face, arms and legs.
A spokesperson said: "We received a call at 7.45pm to reports of a stabbing. We had an ambulance, paramedic officer, a MERIT doctor and a critical cardiac paramedic en route. We then had a call to say that the victim had left the scene and was making his own way to hospital."
Police are appealing for information and no arrests have been made.
Most likely M825A1 artillery shells for 155 mm howitzers fired by coalition forces in support of American backed "Syrian Democratic Forces" (SDF). July 18, 2017
French police cancelled a concert by a Congolese singer on Saturday after violent protests around the venue by opponents of Democratic Republic of Congo president Joseph Kabila.
Paris's police service said they had called off the event after "unacceptable" overcrowding by demonstrators around the Olympia music venue ahead of a planned performance by Heritier Watanabe - who is viewed as being close to Kabila.
Three people were arrested after a car was set on fire on a street near the venue, according to a police statement.
Authorities had earlier banned protesters from gathering due to a "risk of upsetting public order."
A lawyer for the venue told AFP that they had asked police to call off the concert "due to the difficult political context in DR Congo".
Several Congolese artists, including Watanabe, are frequently accused by opponents of Kabila of being close to his regime, having sung on the trail of his 2006 and 2011 election campaigns.
Political violence gripped the giant, mineral-rich country after Kabila failed to step down after his mandate ended in December.
Under a transitional deal aimed at avoiding further unrest, he was allowed to remain in office pending elections.
Muslim migrants continue to try to block roads in France that lead to the United Kingdom in an attempt to kidnap truck drivers and force them to drive them into the country that doesn't want them.
Watch as this Polish truck driver isn't backing down from African Muslim migrants who are attempting to force him to take him across the bridge into the United Kingdom.
Israeli forces killed a suspected Palestinian militant they were seeking to arrest after he shot at them in the occupied West Bank, police and the military said.
Police spokesman Micky Rosenfeld said the man was suspected of carrying out two shooting attacks in the West Bank on Saturday and opened fire at soldiers and policemen who had tracked him down.
"The terrorist was found and surrounded, he pulled out his weapons at them, and in response, the terrorist was killed," Rosenfeld said.
There was no immediate comment from Palestinian officials.
The incident took place before dawn in the West Bank village of Nabi Saleh, near the city of Ramallah, and no Israeli casualties were reported. One man was lightly wounded in the Saturday shooting, the Israeli military said.
A wave of Palestinian street attacks that began in 2015 has slowed but has not stopped. At least 260 Palestinians and one Jordanian citizen have been killed since the violence began.
Israel says at least 175 of those killed were carrying out attacks while others died in clashes and protests.
Forty Israelis, two U.S. tourists and a British student have been killed in Palestinian stabbings, shootings and car-rammings. A few of the attacks had been carried out by Arab Israeli citizens.
The Paris police headquarters announced that it had banned any demonstration on Saturday around the Olympia concert hall due to "risks of public disorder" linked to the opposition opponents of President Kabila's regime, Prevent a concert of a Congolese considered as a support of the power.
The Prefecture of Police (PP) said it had given "all instructions to its services" to allow the concert of the singer Heir Watanabe, which starts at 1800 GMT, to take place.
The PP said it had taken a decree "banning the holding of any event related to this concert in a wide area" around Olympia between 1400 GMT and 2200 GMT on Saturday.
The management of the room had asked for the cancellation of the concert and "filed an urgent complaint" Thursday in front of the threats "made in a complex political context in the DRC," told AFP one of the lawyers of Olympia , Céline Astolfe.
The Olympia wanted the PP to ban the concert, "as it did on June 22 at the Cigale, another room, for another Congolese artist," Fally Ipupa, after similar threats, added Astolfe.
The Paris public prosecutor's office opened an investigation following the complaint for "threats and malicious calls", a judicial source said.
Several Congolese artists such as Héritier Watanabe are regularly targeted by opponents of the Congolese diaspora, especially in Europe, who accuse them of singing for President Joseph Kabila during the 2006 and 2011 presidential campaigns and not singing for the Change at the head of the country.
Joseph Kabila has been in power in the DRC since 2001. While his mandate expired on 20 December and the Constitution prohibits him from running for office, he remains at the head of the country under a controversial decision by the Constitutional Court .
The Congolese electoral commission said on July 7 that the organization of presidential and legislative elections would not be possible before the end of the year, as was foreseen in an agreement signed between opposition and power on December 31 to try to get out of The political crisis that has been undermining the country for several years.
Lauch of heavy Al Battar IRAM by PMU rocket battalion during western Nineveh operations this summer. The 10 barrel launcher was developed by Iraqi Kata'ib Hezbollah group and first deployed by them during the final phase of the battle of Baiji
The socialist paradise of Venezuela, everyone: This is gut-wrenching stuff. See how Venezuela security forces gang up on one guy. Disgusting. Gut-wrenching puts it lightly. Not only did they gang up on this guy, there are plenty of sucker punches plus two of the thugs used their shields on his head before they drag him away on a motorcycle. But good thing we’re only talking about Russia, right?
Isis's persecution of Iraqi Christians, which has already forced tens of thousands of men, women and children to flee for their lives, is fast becoming a genocide, religious leaders have warned.
Archbishop Athanasius Toma Dawod of the Syriac Orthodox church said that Isis's capture of Qaraqosh, Iraq's largest Christian city, had marked a turning point for Christians in the country.
"Now we consider it genocide – ethnic cleansing," he said. "They are killing our people in the name of Allah and telling people that anyone who kills a Christian will go straight to heaven: that is their message. They have burned churches; they have burned very old books. They have damaged our crosses and statues of the Virgin Mary. They are occupying our churches and converting them into mosques."
The archbishop, who leads the Syriac Orthodox church in the UK, urged the UK government to open the country's doors to those fleeing the violence. "We are dying, 100%," he said. "The British government needs to help people and to give them asylum. If they stay here, they will be killed."
His pleas were echoed by Patriarch Louis Sako, the Iraq-based leader of the Chaldean Catholic church, who said that about 100,000 Christians had abandoned their villages in the Nineveh plains earlier this week after Isis launched mortar attacks. He asked the EU and the UN to help them before it was too late.
"They fled their villages and houses [with] nothing but … the clothes on their backs," he said in a statement to the charity Aid to the Church in Need. "[It is] an exodus, a real via crucis; Christians are walking on foot in Iraq's searing summer heat towards the Kurdish cities of Irbil, Duhok and Soulaymiyia, the sick, the elderly, infants and pregnant women among them. They are facing a human catastrophe and risk a real genocide."
Cardinal Vincent Nichols, the leader of Roman Catholics in England and Wales, described Isis's treatment of Christian, Yazidi and other communities as "a persecution of immense proportions" and urged the UK government to act.
The archbishop of Canterbury, Justin Welby, also called on the UK to follow other European governments by helping to protect Iraq's Christians and other minorities.
The border patrol group called the Minutemen have now released the video warning Muslims to not think the United States citizens will react as openly or as welcoming as their European counterparts.
A promotional video released on the 4th of July explains how the United States is not Europe and will not bow down to the horde of Muslim migrants attempting to invade its country.
Watch as Venezuelan police engage in street to street combat with anti-socialist forces by hurling explosives in buildings being used to house said anti-Socialists forces.
In the last months over 100 people have been murdered by the socialist controlled police and thousand have been injured in riots as well as other protest during the brutal crackdown by the increasingly oppressive regime.
Reports and video show two UN investigators were captured, led into a field, and then shot execution style. Michael Sharp, a U.S. citizen, and Zaida Catalan, a Swedish citizen, had been commissioned by the U.N. Security Council to investigate a new rebellion in Kasaï-Central Province that had pocked the area with suspected mass graves.
This happened in the Democratic Republic of Congo around March 2017 and the video surfaced April 2017 when their dead bodies were confirmed.
Zaida Catalan was a prominent member of the Green Political Party in Sweden.
Michael J. Sharp was a humanitarian missionary and collaborated as a program coordinator for the Mennonite Central Committee (MCC) and the United Nations.
The U.N investigators were supposedly volunteers looking into reports of human rights violations in the DRC.
There is no doubt that as a member of the Green Party, Catalan advocated opening her nation’s borders to allow Congolese people into Sweden with promises to improve their lives. The above video is an example of what occurs when radical immigration from foreign countries occurs: refugees are not properly assimilated, people are killed, and the identity of a nation becomes subverted to the will of third-world cultures.
We should be paying closer attention to what’s happening in France in terms of the phases of invasion via immigration. Pew estimates that 7.5 percent of the population of France is Muslim or 4.7 million, although six million is a number one sees frequently.
Some attention has been paid to the no-go zones of France, because they are areas where the police fear to enter which complicated the search for the Charlie Hebdo murderers. In 2006, Daniel Pipes noted the existence of 751 no-go zones, also know as Sensitive Urban Zones, as designated by the French government.
The no-go zones are increasingly dangerous for native French citizens and that is a sign of the growing danger of Islam in the country. Continuing immigration and a culture of big families (aided by state welfare and polygamy) mean rapid growth of the Muslim population.
Demographic revolution is simple: immigrants arrive and establish their balkanized ethnic neighborhoods which then overwhelm the adjacent areas through population growth via immigration and births. Like what’s happened in Los Angeles, only hispanics have managed without polygamy.
One case is the French city of Roubaix, which the New York Times touted as a fine example of Muslims not being problematic. However a closer look revealed that Muslims weren’t the ones doing the assimilating; instead, the native French were submitting to the Islamic culture.
Interestingly, one researcher charted out how the percentage of Muslims correlated with social chaos and violence (What Islam Isn’t). According to the formulation, Roubaix, with 20 percent Muslim population, could easily experience “hair-trigger rioting, jihad militia formations, sporadic killings and church and synagogue burning.” So the French residents of Roubaix have apparently chosen to survive by accommodating Islam supremacism.
Below, diverse Marseille (30-40 percent Muslim) was thought to be a model of assimilation just a few years ago, but then it experienced a burqa riot and worsening social tension generally.
FROM MAIL ONLINE - Iraqi soldiers drag ISIS fighters to the edge of a high ledge before throwing them off and shooting them dead.
The Iraqi forces, with help from a U.S.-led coalition, ended the occupation in Badush, located 10 moles northwest of Mosul. Ironically, that’s the town ISIS first captured on June 6, 2014, on its mission to take Mosul.
While the victory is something to celebrate, it is also bittersweet. ISIS has obliterated the large city into nothing. CNN continued:
Fawaz Gerges, a Middle East expert at the London School of Economics and Political Science, said that there was no time to waste in beginning social and physical reconstruction.
“The first challenge facing the Iraqi government and international organizations is to provide basic necessities of life for more than 400,000 Iraqis who have been displaced from the western part of Mosul, which mostly lies in ruins,” Gerges told CNN.
He estimated that rebuilding the Old City alone would cost $1 billion.
The terrorist group also ran out the citizens or captured them for slavery. Former residents have traveled back to Mosul to rebuild their lives. CNN reporters witnessed “signs of life returning to normal — traffic on the roads and chickens being sold in makeshift markets.”
The ISIS threat has not completely left Mosul or the surrounding towns. The terrorist group still holds Tal Afar, which is only 40 miles away from Mosul. From the BBC:
Forces from the Mosul battle are already being dispatched to Tal Afar to begin the clearance of that city. Covering less than one-eighth the surface area of Mosul, Tal Afar is a long-term stronghold of IS and may still require weeks or months of fighting to liberate.
Some 290km to the south-west of Mosul, IS also holds a string of towns in Anbar province along the Iraqi portion of the River Euphrates.
Collectively known as al-Qaim, these towns are closely connected to the remaining IS strongholds in the Euphrates valley in Syria, such as Raqqa and Deir al-Zour.
“Tensions along parts of the 3,500 km frontier that China and India share have simmered ever since the two sides fought a brief but bloody war in 1962,” South China Morning Post added, referring to the 30-day China-India war along their vast Himalayan frontier at the height of the Cold War.
During the days of Kennedy presidency, as the Cuban Missile Crisis played out in October of 1962, China launched an all-out attack on Indian forces along India’s eastern Himalayan border.
Indian Prime Minister Jawaharlal Nehru’s socialist policies wreaked havoc on India’s economy and left the country’s military ill-prepared and ill-equipped for an armed conflict with their Communist neighbour. India’s Nehru, being a fervent Socialist, saw Mao’s China as an ideological ally. As the Chinese Army advanced deep inside the Indian border, Nehru-led Indian government admitted being ‘caught napping.’
At that crucial moment, President Kennedy came to India’s aid — despite Nehru’s hobnobbing with Moscow and Soviet client states — to halt the Chinese. Kennedy even dispatched a U.S. aircraft carrier battle group to the Bay of Bengal in an apparent attempt to put pressure on Communist China. The U.S. mobilisation was a major factor in convincing Chairman Mao to stop the Chinese offensive, bringing the war to a quick close.
Watch as a group of Muslim migrants attempt to take a group of people hostage by forcing themselves in a van that is heading to Britain.
The group of Muslims was filmed on the Calais, France side of the border walking around and attempting to open people's doors.
Eventually, the group of migrants found this van and attempted to force themselves inside and hold the driver and occupants hostage as they were forced to drive the illegal immigrants across the border.
Welcome to Helsinki, Finland, where Muslim migrants systematically assault a group of young women who declined their sexual advances.
Watch one of the migrants sucker punch a female in the face who refused to allow him to grope her in public.
Watch another man do all he can in order to stop the migrants from further assaulting the women, only to be assaulted himself.
There has been outrage on social media in response to columnist Melanie Phillips’ recent comments on Sky News where she supported Egyptian President el-Sisi’s statement, “1.6 billion Muslims are trying to murder the rest of the world”.
A U.S. soldier on active duty at a military base in Hawaii pledged allegiance to the Islamic State militant group (ISIS) and said that he wanted to “kill a bunch of people” with his rifle, according to the FBI.
Authorities arrested 34-year-old Ikaika Erik Kang in Waipahu, Honolulu, on Saturday on terrorism charges, including alleged support for ISIS. The first class sergeant in the U.S. military appeared in a Honolulu court Monday.
A 26-page FBI affidavit, seen by the Associated Press, details the year-long investigation into Kang, his alleged extremist views and intention to provide material assistance to ISIS.
Kang, an air traffic controller stationed at the Wheeler Army Airfield, copied secret army documents in 2015 and sought to pass them to undercover agents he believed would give them to ISIS, it says. He also admitted to pledging allegiance to the jihadi group’s leader Abu Bakr al-Baghdadi.
Kang pledged allegiance Saturday at a residence in Honolulu, according to the affidavit, when he met an undercover agent who he believed to be an ISIS member, He made combat videos for the group with the agent, and helped him buy a drone intended to be sent to ISIS to help its fighters evade U.S. tank teams. He believed drones would help the group’s fighters find “tank positions and avenues for escape” in their besieged areas of control in Iraq and Syria.
A National Guardsman and a civilian were killed Thursday in a clash between residents of a Caracas neighborhood and armed men who tried to remove a barricade, Venezuelan officials said.
National Assembly President Diosdado Cabello identified the guardsman as 25-year-old Acner Isaac Lopez Lyon, and said that motorcycle taxi driver Jose Gregorio Amaris was also killed while removing debris from the road.
Both were apparently shot Thursday morning after area residents began banging pots and throwing bottles at people taking down a street barricade. The opposition accuses the government of using armed civilian groups on motorcycles to break up demonstrations.
Just before the deaths were announced, the country's chief prosecutor said the death toll from the protests stood at 19 after weeks of student-led protests.
Barricades of garbage, furniture and burning tires have become a daily occurrence, snarling traffic in cities.
In a televised speech at a new government apartment building attended by actor Danny Glover, President Nicolas Maduro said the motorcyclist was removing debris so he could go about his job. After he was shot, the National Guard arrived to secure the area and Lopez Lyon was killed.
Maduro said a second motorcyclist was also seriously injured.
"Where are the opposition politicians to condemn these events, to search for peace like we're searching?" Maduro asked. He called those building the barricades "vandals who hate the people."
West Mosul: Launch of a heavy 'elephant rocket' by Iraq's emergency response division (ERD)
A lot of protesters are coming from all over Europe as a result of a total imbalance inside of Europe where countries like Greece and Spain are suffering from European neoliberal economic politics, explains Bruno Kramm, the chairman of the Berlin branch of the Pirate Party.
Right before G20 leaders are due to hold their summit in Hamburg, the German city is engulfed in protests. The German interior minister said 8,000 violent protesters are expected to take part in rallies.
Hamburg police have made preparations for the summit. Twenty thousand officers will be deployed and two special security zones have been set up in the city.
RT: Why are people so angry about the G20 gathering?
Bruno Kramm: This has been a long tradition, as you might know. During all the G20 summits there have always been massive protests wherever they were happening. There are movements, like Attack, which was founded because of G20. We live in times of globalization where we can see everywhere a growing nationalism, and international corporations are extremely important. Instead of discussing these things, people are starving around the world; climate change is affecting more, and more people are running away from their homes as refugees. There are so many wars and so many weapon exports from the richer countries. So far, this globalism is only working with neoliberal elements, while the people are asking for more participation and for more change which affects their normal lives. This is about solidarity mainly.
RT: Activists have created a special platform called 'Welcome to Hell,' the slogan under which their demonstrations are taking place. Do you think the protests will be equally as violent?
BK: The protesters get more professional and use all the channels of social networks, use more campaigning methods. It might become much more radical because the police are making a huge mistake by escalating everything quite at the beginning, and showing a really hard line. And this is basically what the protesters are not accepting. We have freedom of speech in our country, and we have the right to demonstrate together, to express our unhappiness with the current situation. This is what people do. Of course, this year a lot of protesters are coming from all over Europe. And this is also an expression of a total imbalance inside of Europe where there are many countries who are terribly suffering – look at Greece, look at Spain – because of European neoliberal economic politics which is driven mostly because of Germany. So, we have to eat this soup.
Most of the protesters are young, and they cannot afford the expensive hotel prices of Hamburg. Nobody was thinking about that. Suddenly it’s not allowed for them to overnight in their tents, and without any reason, they took away the demonstrators and their right to be in this park. Basically, this is an escalation that will definitely lead into the wrong direction.
At least 26 people were dead or hospitalized after a shootout in the northern Mexican border state of Chihuahua on Wednesday, the state attorney general's office said, as drug violence surges in one of Mexico's bloodiest years on record.
The shootout took place near the mountainous community of Las Varas, in the heart of one of Mexico's drug trafficking regions, and it involved two armed groups. It was unclear how many of the victims were dead and how many were alive at hospitals, spokesman Felix Gonzalez told Reuters.
President Enrique Pena Nieto came to office in 2012 vowing to end years of drug violence, and although the murder rate fell initially, it has been rising steadily and is on track to hit its highest level since recent government records began in 1997.
The shootout coincided with U.S. Secretary of Homeland Security John Kelly visiting Mexico to meet with Pena Nieto and to discuss cooperation in fighting organized crime.
More than 100,000 people have died in drug-related violence since 2007 when former President Felipe Calderon sent in the military to battle the cartels, and at least 30,000 people are missing.
Last Friday, 17 people died in a shootout with police in the neighboring state of Sinaloa. Relatives of some of those people believe they may have been executed by the police, a charge officials deny.
Anti-government protests in Venezuela hit the symbolic mark of 100 days on Sunday with a grim record of at least 92 dead and more than 1,500 injured. The decision Saturday to release opposition leader Leopoldo Lopez from prison and place him under house arrest has once again stirred hopes that socialist President Nicolas Maduro and his opponents could sit down for talks aimed at ending the bloodshed.
Here's a look at how one of Latin America's richest nations descended into chaos and the prospects for resolution.
HOW DID THE UNREST BEGIN?
The opposition gained control of the National Assembly in 2015 by a landslide amid mounting frustration with Maduro's handling of the economy, spiraling crime and food shortages. After a year of intense feuding, in late March the government-stacked Supreme Court issued a ruling stripping the legislature of its last powers. The decision was later reversed amid a storm of international criticism but it had already touched off anger among the government's opponents and triggered street protests that still occur almost daily.
Then Maduro did something to anger his opponents even more: He called on May 1 for rewriting Venezuela's constitution. A vote to elect delegates to the special assembly to rewrite the charter is scheduled for July 30. Maduro insists rewriting the constitution is the only way to restore peace, but the opposition views it as a ruse to install a Cuba-like dictatorship. They have called for a symbolic vote of their own on July 16 to reject Maduro's plans.
CHANCES FOR DIALOGUE?
One reason that mistrust between the government and opposition is running so high is because negotiations last year ended with little to show for them. Those talks were sponsored by the Vatican and a group of former leaders of other nations led by ex-Prime Minister Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero of Spain, who helped broker Lopez's release.
To sit down again, the opposition is demanding Maduro honor commitments that it says he made during the previous round of talks, including freedom for political prisoners and a schedule for gubernatorial elections that were postponed last year. It's less clear what the government would bargain for besides an end to the unrest and political cover for some tough measures to get the economy back on its feet. Many also suspect that as Maduro's grip on power weakens he and his inner circle will seek assurances that they won't face prosecution in the event of a transition.
IS THERE A CHANCE OF THE MILITARY INTERVENING?
Last month, a police inspector stole a police helicopter and strafed the Supreme Court and another government building with gunfire and grenades. The surprise attack prompted concerns about a possible uprising by the military, which has traditionally been the arbiter of political disputes in Venezuela.
Since the protests began, more than 100 members of the military are believed to have been jailed for crimes ranging from theft of weapons to rebellion and treason — a high number that suggests the military's support for the government may be wavering.
But while Maduro has repeatedly warned about attempts by what he says are U.S.-backed agents to sow dissent within the military, there so far is little to suggest a mass revolt is underway. The late President Hugo Chavez and Maduro spent years winning over top military brass with bonuses in sought-after dollars, powerful government jobs and patronage.
STATE OF THE ECONOMY
Oil accounts for 96 percent of Venezuela's export earnings and the plunge in world petroleum prices hit the government hard, leaving it owing money across the board, from foreign airlines to oil service companies. But every day Venezuela is paralyzed by protests it digs itself deeper into an economic hole that will be harder for Maduro or his successor to recover from.
The International Monetary Fund forecast the economy will contract 8 percent this year with inflation expected to soar to four digits next year. ___
PRESIDENT MADURO'S OPTIONS
Polls say 75 percent of Venezuelans want Maduro gone, but about 20 percent still back him. That is actually similar to the support enjoyed by leaders in Brazil, Chile and Colombia. More importantly, Maduro maintains a tight grip on almost every branch of government and institution, though support within his ruling socialist party is fraying.
The opposition has historically been divided by big egos and had a tough time connecting with poor people who still revere Chavez and his socialist revolution. But the opposition is more united than it has been in recent years. Both hardcore and moderate opposition leaders want to keep up street protests and push for new general elections.
FROM MIRROR ONLINE - A sniper allegedly fighting for ISIS sniggered as he gunned down an innocent woman trying to flee the Battle for Mosul. A group of around 10 people – including young children – can be seen in the footage, apparently filmed by the sniper, carrying bags and belongings as they make a bid for freedom. But the sniper fires at the group and can be heard sniggering before falling silent. The camera eventually finds the targeted group of civilians again and a woman's body can be seen lying still on the ground.
German riot police have clashed with AntiFa in Hamburg on Thursday evening as world leaders arrived ahead of Friday’s G20 summit.
Police fired water cannon at a march attended by thousands carrying banners with slogans such as “Welcome to hell” and “Smash G20”.
World leaders including US President Donald Trump are in Hamburg for talks on a wide range of issues.
They face their own disagreements, including over climate change and trade.
TV pictures showed masked black-clad anti-capitalist activists hurling bottles, stones and other objects at police in riot gear. Medics were seen treating several people. Other protesters were building makeshift barricades on streets.
Up to 100,000 protesters are expected in Hamburg during the summit. Earlier, police had warned of possible violence and said they had confiscated a number of homemade weapons.
Protesters torched cars and blocked roads Friday as authorities called in reinforcements to try to control running street battles while leaders of the world’s biggest economies began talks.
Protesters — rallying around various anti-capitalist themes — played a game of cat and mouse with riot police as they tried to shut down major streets and disrupt the first day of the Group of 20 summit.
One street blockade forced first lady Melania Trump to miss an event with the spouses of other world leaders. President Trump remained the target of many protests.
In some parts of Hamburg, smoke billowed from cars set ablaze. Police armored vehicles fanned out across the city and helicopters patrolled overhead. At least 159 officers were reported injured since clashes began late Thursday, and at least 45 people were arrested, with 12 held in detention, police said.
Both numbers were expected to rise. On Friday, police used water cannons, truncheons and pepper spray to disperse protesters, who shouted anti-capitalist slogans in Spanish, chanted about democracy in English and heckled officers in German.
Parts of Hamburg are under a blanket of black smoke. G20 protesters in the German city started a huge inferno as the summit of world leaders kicks off.
The summit sessions are now underway with Presidents Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump having shaken hands. But across the city hordes of protesters blocked streets by staging sit-down demonstrations at key intersections.
Reuters reports that streets and bridges leading to the summit were blocked as well as a road used by trucks at Hamburg Port.
Militant anarchists continued violent protests in Hamburg for the second day as the G20 summit kicked off in the city. According to local press, at least 45 people have been detained and 159 police officers have been wounded in clashes. For the second day, police had to resort to water cannon to disperse protesters while dozens of were set on fire in the suburb of Altona.
As Reuters adds "for the 1,000 hard-left militants who wreaked havoc on the streets of Hamburg, German Chancellor Angela Merkel could not have chosen a better location to hold the G20 summit." That's because the dense, urban environment allows them to disperse and hide easily, and the city is full symbols of the wealth they detest - from the gleaming 800 million euro ($913 million) Elbphilharmonie concert hall to the shipyards that build luxury yachts.
As the July 7-8 summit started on Friday, Black Bloc anarchists and other anti-capitalist protesters sat in groups on main intersections, blocking streets and bridges leading to the summit venue as well as a road used by trucks at Hamburg Port. On Thursday night, they hurled beer bottles, blocked roads using trash bins and set cars on fire.
On Friday morning, G20 protesters staged a sit-in demonstration and blocked a road in Hamburg. Police said that they tried to urge the protesters to disperse peacefully, but then deployed water cannon to clear the road.
Thousands of anti-globalization protesters set cars on fire and tried to block leaders' delegations from entering the grounds of the Group of 20 summit Friday in Hamburg, Germany, as authorities sent in police reinforcement from other cities on the second day of protests.
Dozens of police officers built moving lines in different parts of Hamburg and used water cannons to force protesters away from streets across the city. The city boosted its police presence with reinforcements from around the country for the G-20 summit but asked for more support on Thursday night after the situation started to escalate.
At least 45 demonstrators were arrested, 15 were temporarily detained, and 160 police officers were injured early Friday, including three officers who were hospitalized.