Watch: Police in Germany battle 8,000 left-wing rioters at G20 summit 2
Police in helmets gather as protests swell in Hamburg, July 6, 2017.

German police took to the streets and battled over 8,000 left-wing protesters in Hamburg on Thursday as world leaders prepared to gear up for the G20 Summit.

What is the left-wingers message? “G20: Welcome to Hell.”

Protesters from around the world gathered to rail against leaders like President Donald Trump and Russian President Vladimir Putin.

At least 76 people have been hurt in clashes with police in the German city of Hamburg as the force used water cannons on black-clad protesters who were pelting them with water bottles.

The “Welcome to Hell” rally is one the of a number of protests against both the G20 summit taking place in the city and Donald Trump’s arrival.

Protesters set fire to items in the street near the Rote Flora left-wing center.
Protesters set fire to items in the street near the Rote Flora left-wing center.

Police said beforehand they were expecting some 100,000 potentially violent activists from across Europe and beyond. As a result they had deployed more than 20,000 officers in the city.

According to Deutsche Welle, an intense face-off occurred between police and demonstrators when the “peaceful” protest turned ugly, with protesters throwing “bottles and objects” at law enforcement.

In response, German police fired at the crowds with water cannons and batons.

German riot police try to stop protesters during the demonstrations during the G20 summit in Hamburg, REUTERS
German riot police try to stop protesters during the demonstrations during the G20 summit in Hamburg, REUTERS

Local authorities in Hamburg released a statement about the protests claiming that police attempted to separate approximately 1,000 “far-left” protesters from the main pack of marchers, and the left-wing demonstrators became aggressive as a result.

Law enforcement also noted that rioting in other parts of the city occurred. Incidents ranging from vandalism to the burning of vehicles were included in the occurrences.

More than 100,000 protestors are expected in Hamburg for the summit, which takes place on Friday and Saturday.

Smoke rise as police prepare to face-off against G20 protesters in Hamburg.
Smoke rise as police prepare to face-off against G20 protesters in Hamburg.

Hamburg has boosted its police with reinforcements from around the country for the G20 summit, so that 20,000 officers are on hand to patrol the northern German city’s streets, skies and waterways.

More than 100,000 protestors are expected in Hamburg for the summit, which takes place on Friday and Saturday. Hamburg has boosted its police with reinforcements from around the country for the G20 summit, so that 20,000 officers are on hand to patrol the northern German city’s streets, skies and waterways.

See the action in the video below.