Germany: Hamburg residents divided over G20 trials

29 августа 2017 г. 21:43

Residents of Hamburg reacted to the ongoing trials against protesters who were detained during the G20 summit, Tuesday. One passerby described how protesters had «destroyed everything and they attacked people and policemen,» before adding, «this is not the right way to demonstrate, you know. You can do it peacefully.» Another of the port city's residents expressed her skepticism over the first conviction, as a 21-year-old protester, Sluis Peiken, was sent to prison for two years and seven months, calling the trials «politicised and influenced.» Meanwhile, Leon Gronenberg said that he felt it was unfair to punish only those who were caught at the G20 protests for the violence that broke out during this year's summit. A total of 186 people were detained by the end of the G20 summit that took place on 7-8 July, and some 200 police officers injured in protests that turned violent as cars were torched, businesses looted and shopfronts smashed.

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