Hamburg police use pepper spray as protests turn ugly

FILE PHOTO: People protest against police brutality and the death in Minneapolis police custody of African-American man George Floyd, at the U.S. Consulate General in Hamburg, Germany June 5, 2020. REUTERS/Fabian Bimmer

BERLIN (Reuters) - Police in the German city of Hamburg used pepper spray on protesters on Saturday and were ready to deploy water cannons as some demonstrations in support of U.S. anti-racist protests against police brutality turned ugly.

Hamburg police tweeted that several hundred “hooded and aggressive people” had put police officers under pressure in the city centre, adding: “We have already had to use pepper spray. With all due respect for emotions: attacks on police officers are unacceptable!”

At another location nearby, they said some 350 people were standing in front of police water cannons. “We regard this as an unauthorised (i.e. forbidden) meeting and now we are calling via loudspeaker announcements for people to leave.”

One police officer was injured, the police added.

(This story was refiled to correct ‘office’ to ‘officer’ in last line)

Writing by Paul Carrel; Editing by Kevin Liffey