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Merkel Defends Decision to Host G-20 in Hamburg After Rioting

  • Chancellor promises compensation for those hit by looting
  • Violent clashes leave more than 200 police officers injured
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G-20 Protests Get Heated in Hamburg

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Chancellor Angela Merkel defended the decision to host the Group of 20 summit in Germany’s second-biggest city, promising government compensation for property damage in the wake of looting and rioting by anti-capitalist activists in Hamburg.

Speaking at the end of the summit on Saturday, Merkel told reporters that, from a pure logistical point of view, the two-day gathering had to be held in a large city, given the sheer number of leaders and guests needing housing. Hamburg was also chosen as a symbol of openness to trade because the city of 1.7 million is Germany’s largest port and richest state per capita.