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300 German cops hurt during G8 protest

world Updated: Jun 03, 2007 22:02 IST
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More than 300 police were injured during a protest in the German city of Rostock on Saturday against the upcoming Group of Eight (G8) summit in Germany, the local police department said on Sunday.

The authorised anti-globalisation march, which was held on June 2 ahead of a three-day G-8 summit scheduled to begin on Wednesday in the Germany city of Heiligendamm, turned into violent clashes between riot police and protesters, in which 304 police were hurt and 27 of them seriously injured, the Rostock police department said.

The summits of the G-8 group of industrialised nations, which include Germany, Britain, France, Japan, Canada, Italy, the US and Russia, are held each year to discuss global economic development and other important issues. However, anti-globalisation protests have become a routine part of such annual meetings.

Most protesters rallied peacefully during the Rostock anti-globalisation march but some demonstrators who were masked, used paving stones, sticks and bottles to hurl at the riot police. The police had to use teargas, batons and water cannons to disperse the rioters.

More than 100 anti-globalisation activists were detained during the Rostock anti-G8 summit protest, the police department said but gave no figures on the number of protesters injured in the clashes.

The organisers of the peaceful anti-globalisation march denounced the violent actions by the radical demonstrators.