Dozens injured in riots in Hamburg
Left-wing demonstrators have clashed with police following a street festival in the German city of Hamburg.
Riot police used water cannons to stop protesters throwing stones and bottles, and to extinguish some fire barricades. Several arrests were made.
Berlin police are investigating some of their officers after witnesses filmed them beating a demonstrator at a protest against government infringement of Germany’s data protection laws.
The video, which appeared on YouTube, shows an officer hitting a man in the face before several other officers help pull him to the ground with more punches and kicking. Another man caught in the middle of the scuffle sustained a bloody nose.
State criminal prosecutors are working feverishly to investigate the incident and officers are suspected of assault while on duty, a police spokesman said. He added, however, that the video was problematic because it does not show the events that led to the violence.
The event under the motto “Freedom instead of fear – stop the surveillance madness,” was attended by some 10,000 participants, though organisers said more than 20,000 were on hand to protest laws that enable authorities to shut down websites and hold users’ personal telephone data.
The event, part of a series held around the world, was called by a coalition of 167 organisations – including political parties, trade unions, professional associations.
Local police reports say that 47 people were injured and 60 arrested in Hamburg, Germany, following violence between police and protestors over the past two days.