Sunday, 21 August 2011

Riots break out in Hamburg

RIOTS have broken out in Hamburg, Germany, after a lively summer street festival was swamped with thousands of police.

Reports Deutsche Welle: "Police used water cannons against rioters in the north German city of Hamburg on Saturday evening, August 20, following a street festival in the district of Schanzenviertel.

"Disturbances began when a group of unknown individuals tried to break into a branch of the German bank Sparkasse in the district, a police spokeswoman said.

"The incident took place close to the former Rote Flora theater - an alternative left wing rallying point in the city.

"Water cannons and riot personnel were deployed and used against the perpetrators, police said, with numerous fires also extinguished in the area."