- Posted January 9, 2014 by
Rote Flora in Hamburg
Injuries as activists and police clash over Hamburg's Rote Flora center
There have been scenes of violence in Hamburg as protesters vented their anger at plans to carry out evictions at a theater. The building, home to squatters, has become a popular rallying point for activists.
Stones and bottles were thrown at police as more than 7,000 people demonstrated in Hamburg on Saturday.
Officers responded with baton charges, pepper spray and water cannon, breaking up the protest over the eviction of the left-wing Rote Flora cultural center.
An unspecified number of protesters were hurt. "Through the overwhelming use of batons, pepper spray and water cannon, there were numerous injuries," said a statement by organizers.
Some 19 people were said to have been arrested, suspected of breach of the peace. Windows were broken in surrounding properties, including an office of the center-left Social Democrat political party, and there was damage to police cars.
Protesters also voiced anger about forced evictions from a dilapidated apartment block on the city's well-known Reeperbahn red-light district, and demanded better rights for refugees.