G20 protest: 11 images of Hamburg, Germany in the midst of unrest

On Friday, police clad in riot gear blasted protesters at the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany with water cannons and tear gas, the Guardian reported.

According to CNN, local authorities said 196 officers have been injured in clashes with protestors since Thursday. Police noted on Twitter that at least 83 people have been arrested since the protests began.

Police use a water cannon to clear a road on the first day of the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany on July 7.Matthias Schrader/AP

Andreas Beuth, a lawyer and protest organizer, said in a press conference that the “escalation was clearly started by the police.”

Members of a group calling themselves the “Color the Red Zone” told CNN their main objective was to make it difficult for G20 participants to move about the area. The group’s name reportedly refers to a barricaded area close to the summit venue.

“We are living in a democracy, and the red zone is not a democracy,” Karl S., a protester from Dusseldorf who did not provide his last name, told CNN. “I’m sure we can’t stop all these leaders from meeting, but if we can stop them from getting their food or catering shortly, we’ve achieved something.”

A protestor gestures next to a burning crush barrier during a demonstration against the G20 Summit.Thomas Lohnes/Getty Images
A man, sitting on the ground, gestures as police officers walk toward him during a protest against the G20 summit in Hamburg.Matthias Schrader/AP
A demonstrator is showered by a water cannon during a protest in Hamburg on July 7.Michael Probst/AP
A protester gestures at riot police at the G20 summit.Odd Andersen/Getty Images
Police officers run down a street that was blocked by demonstrators on the first day of the G20 summit.Matthias Schrader/AP
A woman raises her arms as she kneels on a road in front of police officers on July 7.Matthias Schrader/AP
A police water cannon sprays water onto demonstrators who blocked a road in Hamburg.Matthias Schrader/AP
Police officers carry a demonstrator who blocked a street on the first day of the G20 summit.Matthias Schrader/AP
A protester carrying rocks looks at riot police on July 7 in Hamburg.Daniel Bockwoldt/Getty Images
Riot police use a water cannon to put out burning bins as a protester holds a flag after the ‘Welcome to Hell’ rally against the G20 summit.Odd Andersen/Getty Images