Riot police clash with G-20 protesters in Hamburg, Germany

Small groups of hooded anti-capitalist Black Bloc militants scuffled with German police on Saturday at an otherwise peaceful march against a G20 summit of global leaders in Hamburg, after two days of violent clashes which marred the G20 summit.

After a night of rioting in which radicals looted shops, torched cars and hurled objects, the city center was in lock down with luxury shops along the main streets barricaded up and many protected by security guards.

More than 50,000 people gathered for a ‘G20 – not welcome” demonstration in the port city. At one point a group of about 120 people, some masked, kicked police and attacked them with flagpoles before running away.

Police turned water cannon on protesters sporadically but by 1530 GMT many of the demonstrators had left.

Chancellor Angela Merkel, facing an election in September, had sought to underscore her commitment to free speech by holding the summit in central Hamburg, a trading hub with a long tradition of leftist radicalism.

Images of smoke rising over parts of the city, burning cars, wrecked shops and streets awash with debris have, however, raised questions about her strategy, and police reinforcements from across Germany had to be dispatched to help.

Merkel, who met police and security force after the summit to thank them, condemned the violence but also said the majority were peaceful and legitimate protesters.

“I condemn in the strongest terms the extreme violence and unbridled brutality that police were repeatedly confronted with,” she said at the end of a summit which exposed differences with the United States on climate change. (Reuters)

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Riot police clash with G-20 protesters in Hamburg, Germany

A boy shows his appreciation for the police watching a demonstration pass by on July 8, 2017 in Hamburg, northern Germany as world leaders meet during the G20 summit. (Photo: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images)

Riot police clash with G-20 protesters in Hamburg, Germany

Protesters demonstrate against the G20 economic summit during a protest march on July 8, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany.(Photo: Morris MacMatzen/Getty Images)

Riot police clash with G-20 protesters in Hamburg, Germany

A man works outside a shop that was looted during demonstrations at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 8, 2017. (Photo: Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters)

Riot police clash with G-20 protesters in Hamburg, Germany

Protesters walk with hundreds of flags of the countries of the world during the “Hamburg zeigt Haltung” (Hamburg shows dignity) demonstration on July 8, 2017 in Hamburg, northern Germany as world leaders meet during the G20 summit. (Photo: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images)

Riot police clash with G-20 protesters in Hamburg, Germany

Protesters have set barricades alight on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, northern Germany. (Ronny Hartmann/AFP/Getty Images)

Riot police clash with G-20 protesters in Hamburg, Germany

A shop is looted during anti-G20 protests on the first day of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017. (Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters)

Riot police clash with G-20 protesters in Hamburg, Germany

Protesters have set barricades alight on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, northern Germany. (Ronny Hartmann/AFP/Getty Images)

Riot police clash with G-20 protesters in Hamburg, Germany

Protesters have set barricades alight on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, northern Germany. (Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images)

Riot police clash with G-20 protesters in Hamburg, Germany

Barricades burn as protesters clash with riot police during the protests at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017. (Fabrizio Bensch/Reuters)

Riot police clash with G-20 protesters in Hamburg, Germany

Barricades burn as protesters clash with riot police during the protests at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017. (Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters)

Riot police clash with G-20 protesters in Hamburg, Germany

Protesters clash with riot police during the protests at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017. (Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters)

Riot police clash with G-20 protesters in Hamburg, Germany

A shop is looted during anti-G20 protests on the first day of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017. (Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters)

Riot police clash with G-20 protesters in Hamburg, Germany

A barricade is set on fire during a protest against the G-20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, Friday, July 7, 2017. (Michael Probst/AP)

Riot police clash with G20 protesters in Hamburg

Riot police use water cannon against protesters who have set barricades alight on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, northern Germany, where leaders of the world’s top economies gather for a G20 summit. (Photo: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images)

Riot police clash with G20 protesters in Hamburg

A passerby walks his bike past burning waste bins and riot police using water cannon against protesters on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, northern Germany, where leaders of the world’s top economies gather for a G20 summit. (Photo: Ronny Hartmann/AFP/Getty Images)

Riot police clash with G20 protesters in Hamburg

A road sign is on fire during a protest on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, northern Germany, where leaders of the world’s top economies gather for a G20 summit. (Photo: Ronny Hartmann/AFP/Getty Images)

Riot police clash with G20 protesters in Hamburg

Protesters set fire to block a road on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, northern Germany, where leaders of the world’s top economies gather for a G20 summit. (Photo: Steffi Loos/AFP/Getty Images)

Riot police clash with G20 protesters in Hamburg

Protesters burn barricades in the Schanze district during an anti-G20 march on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. (Photo: Alexander Koerner/Getty Images)

Riot police clash with G-20 protesters in Hamburg, Germany

Riot police use water cannon against protesters on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, northern Germany, where leaders of the world’s top economies gather for a G20 summit. (Photo: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images)

Riot police clash with G-20 protesters in Hamburg, Germany

A protester writes on the wall on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, northern Germany, where leaders of the world’s top economies gather for a G20 summit. (Photo: Steffi Loos/AFP/Getty Images)

Riot police clash with G20 protesters in Hamburg

Protesters have set barricades alight on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, northern Germany, where leaders of the world’s top economies gather for a G20 summit. (Photo: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images)

Riot police clash with G-20 protesters in Hamburg, Germany

German police charge towards protesters during a demonstration at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017. (Photo: Pawel Kopczynski/Reuters)

Riot police clash with G-20 protesters in Hamburg, Germany

A police water cannon sprays water onto demonstrators who block a road on the first day of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, Friday, July 7, 2017. (Photo: Matthias Schrader/AP)

Riot police clash with G-20 protesters in Hamburg, Germany

A demonstrator dressed as a clown stands among policemen during a protest on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg. (Photo: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images)

Riot police clash with G-20 protesters in Hamburg, Germany

Riot police secures the area on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, northern Germany, where leaders of the world’s top economies gather for a G20 summit. (Photo: Christof Stache/AFP/Getty Images)

Riot police clash with G-20 protesters in Hamburg, Germany

A woman raises her arms as she kneels on a road in front of police officers on the first day of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, Friday, July 7, 2017. (Photo: Matthias Schrader/AP)

Riot police clash with G-20 protesters in Hamburg, Germany

An activist holds a smoke bomb during a protest during the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017. (Photo: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters)

Riot police clash with G-20 protesters in Hamburg, Germany

Police use a water cannon to clear a road on the first day of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, Friday, July 7, 2017. (Photo: Matthias Schrader/AP)

Riot police clash with G-20 protesters in Hamburg, Germany

Germany, Hamburg: Protesters confront German riot police during the demonstrations during the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, on July 7, 2017. (Photo: Christian Minelli/NurPhoto via Getty Images)

Riot police clash with G-20 protesters in Hamburg, Germany

Special police chase demonstrators who blocked a road on the first day of the G-20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, Friday, July 7, 2017. (Photo: Matthias Schrader/AP)

Riot police clash with G-20 protesters in Hamburg, Germany

Riot police use water cannon against protesters on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg. (Photo: Odd Andersen/AFP/Getty Images)

Riot police clash with G-20 protesters in Hamburg, Germany

A firefighter works at the scene where a number of cars burnt down during the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017. (Photo: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters)

Riot police clash with G-20 protesters in Hamburg, Germany

A protester is detained by German police officers during the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017. (Photo: Massimo Percossi/EPA/REX/Shutterstock)

Riot police clash with G-20 protesters in Hamburg, Germany

Demonstrators are hit by water cannons of the police as they protest on July 7, 2017 in Hamburg, northern Germany, where leaders of the world’s top economies gather for a G20 summit. (Photo: David Young/AFP/Getty Images)

Riot police clash with G-20 protesters in Hamburg, Germany

Protesters clash with German police officers during the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017. (Photo: Massimo Percossi/EPA/REX/Shutterstock)

Riot police clash with G-20 protesters in Hamburg, Germany

Anti-G20 protesters try to breach the security zone and disrupt the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017. (Photo: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters)

Riot police clash with G-20 protesters in Hamburg, Germany

Police remove demonstrators from a street during protests against the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, Friday, July 7, 2017. (Photo: Daniel Reinhardt/dpa via AP)

Riot police clash with G-20 protesters in Hamburg, Germany

Anti-G20 protesters are detained as they try to breach the security zone and disrupt the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017. (Photo: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters)

Riot police clash with G-20 protesters in Hamburg, Germany

Police uses a water canon while demonstrators block a street during protests against the G-20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, Friday, July 7, 2017. (Daniel Reinhardt/dpa via AP)

Riot police clash with G-20 protesters in Hamburg, Germany

A protester sits on an inflatable toy during a demonstration at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 7, 2017. (Photo: Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters)