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Police disperse G20 protest with water cannon ahead of summit in Germany

German police used water cannon to disperse around 500 anti-capitalist protesters overnight in the port city of Hamburg where Chancellor Angela Merkel will host leaders of the G20 leading economies in a two-day summit starting on Friday.

Thousands of protesters are expected to gather in Hamburg

German riot police use a water cannon during a protest ahead the G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany. (Fabian Bimmer/Reuters)

German police used water cannon to disperse around 500 anti-capitalist protesters overnight in the port city of Hamburg where Chancellor Angela Merkel will host leaders of the G20 leading economies in a two-day summit starting on Friday.

Tens of thousands of protesters are expected to march in the city this week against globalization and what they say is corporate greed and a failure to tackle climate change.

German riot police carry a protestor near Schanzenviertel ahead the G20 summit. (Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters)

German authorities have deployed some 20,000 police officers, citing concerns about violence at protests.

Hundreds of mainly young left-wing activists gathered and marched on a main street shortly before midnight on Tuesday in the first major protest ahead of the summit, which will be attended by Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

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On Wednesday, demonstrators painted like clay figures moved slowly and silently through the streets of Hamburg to protest against the summit as part of a group called 1,000 Figures.

Organizers said the display represents the helplessness of the individual in the world today.

Participants perform Wednesday during the '1,000 Figures' demonstration before the upcoming G20 summit in Hamburg. (Fabian Bimmer/Reuters)