07/07/2017 16:13 BST

G20 Summit: 160 Police Officers Injured And Cars Set Alight As Anti-Capitalist Protests Turn Violent

Hamburg politicians called the violence 'frightening'.

Around 160 police officers have been injured during violent anti-capitalist protests in Hamburg as some of the world’s most important leaders meet for the G20 summit. 

Police are sending reinforcements from across Germany to help deal with thousands of demonstrators who have set fire to cars, rubbish bins and wooden pallets, Reuters reported.

According to the news agency, 45 protesters have been temporarily detained and another 15 taken into custody. 

The pilots of a police helicopter also reportedly suffered eye injuries after lasers were directed at them. 

Hamburg’s interior minister Andy Grote called the violence “frightening”. 

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An anti-G20 protestor waves a flag in front of a burning bin 

The protests started yesterday (Thursday) with a peaceful artistic demonstration, with people painting themselves as zombies to appeal for “more humanity”. 

But later in the day, protests turned violent during a “Welcome To Hell” march as demonstrators started fires, damaged cars and threw bottles in “roving clashes” that last until midnight. 

This morning, hundreds more demonstrators gathered to mark the first day of the G20 summit, with The Telegraph reporting that Melania Trump was blocked from attending an event for spouses due to the security risk. 

Videos from the scene show police in riot gear turning water cannons on protestors, who were attempting a sit in. 

The G20 summit protests, in pictures: 

 ‘Zombie’ protest, Thursday: 

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Performance artists covered themselves in clay in a 'public appeal for humanity' 
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A woman painted grey lies on the ground as part of the performance 
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Performers began shedding their grey clothes to show bright clothing underneath 
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Protesters dance together in the street 

Welcome To Hell march: 

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Protesters hold placards during the Welcome To Hell march in Hamburg 
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German riot police stand in front of protesters 
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German anti-riot police rush towards protesters in Hamburg 
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Riot police and protesters clash 
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An anti-G20 protestor waves a flag in front of a burning bin 

The aftermath of the ‘Welcome To Hell’ march: 

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Photos show a number of burned out cars in the city following Thursday night's violent protests 
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The front of a bank with a smashed window and graffiti 

Protests on the first day of the summit:  

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A demonstrator sits on the road in front of police 
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Protesters participate in a peaceful anti-G20 march 
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Young women in Hamburg have written 'Tits against G20' on their chest in protest 
Demonstrators are hit by water cannons during protests on Friday 
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Photos capture soaked protesters in Hamburg