The Group of 20 (G20) Summit has prepared for potentially violent confrontations with protesters as it begins in Hamburg, Germany, according to The Financial Times.
Organizers reportedly expect up to 10,000 marchers in Thursday evening’s “Welcome to Hell Rally,” which is billed as the culmination of multiple demonstrations against the event.
Police said that the summit has drawn some 8,000 possibly violent activists into Hamburg, which is reportedly implementing the largest deployment of law officers in its history.
Hamburg purportedly boasts 20,000 police officers as President Trump and other world leaders arrive in the city before the summit’s run Friday and Saturday.
Some Twitter users on Thursday voiced shock at the agitation in Hamburg, which began boiling over as police used tear gas and water cannons on protesters.
Other people on the social media platform commented on whether Trump’s presence would further inflame the demonstrations.
The G20 is a global forum for the governments and central banks for the world’s 20 largest economies.
This year’s edition in Hamburg is especially tense due to appearances by controversial leaders like Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan.
Banners in Hamburg on Thursday reportedly called for participants to “block, sabotage, dismantle the G20 Summit.”
“The G20 say they’re trying to solve the world’s problems but really it’s just about controlling the global economy,” said Lars, one of Thursday’s protesters. “And it’s always at the expense of the poor.”