Black Friday - G20 Summit in Hamburg on July 7th 2017
On July 7-8, 2017, leaders of the G20 members met in Hamburg, Germany, to discuss issues of global significance, like economic growth, international trade or migration. Thousands of protesters from around the world gathered to demonstrate both peacefully and violently against the summit and international politics.
In the evening of July 7th, violent rioters light fires in the streets of Hamburg's Schanzenviertel, a stronghold of the left wing autonomous scene.
The situation escalates, but the police does not move into the burning streets. They are afraid of rioters throwing stones and burning objects from the roofs of multistoried buildings. A man "throws back" water at the police's water guns to show his disrespect.
Peaceful protesters block the streets to stop the police from moving into the Schanzenviertel.
A man passionately discusses with the police that tries to act considerately, but firm when needed.
The situation gets very intense. The police is waiting for special forces to arrive to clear the houses and roof tops before moving into the burning district. Protesters provoke the police until they start shooting with water guns.
Peaceful protesters form a human chain to stop the police from moving further.
After special forces have cleared the houses and roof tops, the police moves forward with the use of tear gas and water guns.
Some protesters test how long they can withstand the water guns. For some it seems a mixture of protest and adventure.
A young man hugs a girl that is dressed like a globe. They show their love for the world and demonstrate that effective protest does not have to be violent.