German minister compares G20 protesters to neo-Nazis and Islamist terrorists

German interior minister Thomas de Maiziere compares violent G20 protesters to neo-Nazis and Islamist extremists

Violent protests broke out in Hamburg

Monday, July 10, 2017

Germany's interior minister has compared the protesters who ran riot during the G20 protests to neo-Nazis and Islamist extremists.

Thomas de Maiziere made the comments in Berlin today (July 10) after violence erupted last week in Hamburg, Global Newscast said.

Those rioting were protesting against globalisation and some smashed shops and set cars alight, terrifying local residents and leaving Melania Trump trapped in her hotel.

Police had to use water canons against the protesters, as they were throwing pavement blocks and iron rods at authorities, according to The Independent.

De Maiziere said these people were "not demonstrators; they were criminal anarchists" and went on to compare them to "violent extremists, exactly like neo-Nazis and Islamist extremists.

"The brutality, with the extremely violent chaos that has taken place since Thursday in Hamburg is incomprehensible and outrageous."

The minister said there were roughly 500 police officers injured in the protests and two federal police officers are still reciving in-patient treatment.

He added that "people who burn cars and plunder supermarkets are not activists or G20 opposers" and yet this is "how they are still described in the left-wing political scene."

De Maiziere believes "the events surrounding the G20 summit is an insight into the violent propensity of the left extremist scene."