The Latest: Top German security official condemns G-20 riots

Written by The Associated Press | Jul 8, 2017 8:54 AM

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Riot Police officers escort a protest rally against the G-20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, Saturday, July 8, 2017. The leaders of the group of 20 meet July 7 and 8.

(Hamburg, Germany) -- Germany's top security official is denouncing the rioting in Hamburg during the Group of 20 summit and saying that it is "the opposite of democratic protest."

Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere said Saturday after rioters set up street barricades, looted supermarkets and attacked police with slingshots: "These were unbounded violent excesses out of a desire for destruction and brutality."

He added that "completely uninhibited attacks against people and objects, looting and arson by anarchists from Germany and Europe, have nothing to do with political motives or protest."

De Maiziere said that police and judicial authorities must take a tough stance against such crimes, and it is good that arrests were made.

Hamburg is Germany's second-largest city and has a strong militant scene. But de Maiziere said that "any criticism of the location of the meeting misjudges cause and effect."

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