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German police used water cannons to disperse around 1000 anti-capitalist protesters overnight in the port city of Hamburg where Chancellor Angela Merkel will be hosting leaders of the G20 leading economies in a two-day summit starting on Friday.

Thousands of protesters from around Europe are pouring into the port city to join big demonstrations later. Police expect around 100,000 protesters in Hamburg, some 8,000 of whom are deemed by security forces to be ready to commit violence.

Some 20,000 police officers will be deployed.

They are protesting against globalization and what they say is corporate greed and a failure to tackle climate change.

Reuters reports that as the protesters prepared to start their march, hundreds of riot police in full gear lined the main street opposite the Blohm + Voss shipyard where luxury yachts, like Roman Abramovich’s ‘Eclipse’, were built.

Shopkeepers on the street, fearing possible damage to their property, either shut up for the day or bolstered up their windows with wooden planks.

A fire overnight at a luxury Porsche car dealership in the north of the city that damaged eight vehicles could be a foretaste of what was to come. Police said they were investigating whether it was an arson attack linked to the summit.

Locals are unhappy with Merkel’s decision to hold the summit in the center of Germany’s second-largest city to show healthy democracies could tolerate protests, as they are worried about property damage by leftist militants.

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