Performance artists hold zombie G20 protest

German police used water cannon to disperse around 500 anti-capitalist protesters overnight in the port city of Hamburg where Chancellor Angela Merkel will host leaders of the G20 leading economies in a two-day summit starting on Friday.

Tens of thousands of protesters are expected to march in the city this week against globalization and what they say is corporate greed and a failure to tackle climate change. German authorities believe around 8,000 demonstrators were prepared to use violence, the interior minister said on Tuesday. Some 20,000 police officers will be deployed.

Hundreds of mainly young left-wing activists gathered and marched on a main street shortly before midnight on Tuesday in the first major protest ahead of the summit, which will be attended by U.S. President Donald Trump, Russian President Vladimir Putin and Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan.

Der Spiegel magazine reported that the Germany army fears protesters will use unarmed drones and that it has deployed a radar to locate any possible aerial intrusions.

A spokesman for the German military declined to confirm the report. (AP)

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Performance artists hold zombie G20 protest

A small boy touches a participants of the performance ‘1000 GESTALTEN’ with hundreds of people painted like clay figures moving slowly and silently through the streets of Hamburg to protest against the G-20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, July 5, 2017. (Matthias Schrader/AP)

Performance artists hold zombie G20 protest

Prostestors dressed-up in grey clothes like Zombies attend an arts performance called ‘1000 Gestalten’ demonstration prior the upcoming G20 summit on July 5, 2017 in Hamburg, northern Germany. (Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)

Performance artists hold zombie G20 protest

Participants perform during the so called “1000 Figures” demonstration before the upcoming G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 5, 2017. (Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters)

Performance artists hold zombie G20 protest

Participants celebrate after the performance ‘1000 GESTALTEN’ with hundreds of people painted like clay figures moved slowly and silently through the streets of Hamburg to protest against the G-20 summit in Hamburg, northern Germany, July 5, 2017. (Matthias Schrader/AP)

Performance artists hold zombie G20 protest

Participants perform during the so called “1000 Figures” demonstration before the upcoming G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 5, 2017. (Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters)

Performance artists hold zombie G20 protest

Performance artists covered in clay to look like zombies walk trance-like through the city center on July 5, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. (Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)

Performance artists hold zombie G20 protest

Performance artists covered in clay to look like zombies walk trance-like past an outdoor restaurant in the city center during a preliminary performance on July 5, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. (Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)

Performance artists hold zombie G20 protest

Performance artists covered in clay to look like zombies walk over a crosswalk trance-like through the city center on July 5, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. (Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)

Performance artists hold zombie G20 protest

A man performs during the so called “1000 Figures” demonstration before the upcoming G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 5, 2017. (Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters)

Performance artists hold zombie G20 protest

Prostestors dressed-up in grey clothes like Zombies attend an arts performance called ‘1000 Gestalten’ demonstration prior the upcoming G20 summit on July 5, 2017 in Hamburg, northern Germany. (Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)

Performance artists hold zombie G20 protest

Performance artists covered in clay to look like zombies walk trance-like through the city center during a preliminary performance on July 5, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. (Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)

Performance artists hold zombie G20 protest

Prostestors dressed-up in grey clothes like Zombies attend an arts performance called ‘1000 Gestalten’ demonstration prior the upcoming G20 summit on July 5, 2017 in Hamburg, northern Germany. (Friedemann Vogel/Getty Images)

Performance artists hold zombie G20 protest

Participants perform during the so called “1000 Figures” demonstration before the upcoming G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 5, 2017. (Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters)

Performance artists hold zombie G20 protest

Participants perform during the so called “1000 Figures” demonstration before the upcoming G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 5, 2017. (Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters)

Performance artists hold zombie G20 protest

A man performs during the so called “1000 Figures” demonstration before the upcoming G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 5, 2017. (Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters)

Performance artists hold zombie G20 protest

Participants in the so called “1000 Figures” demonstration perform near German police before the upcoming G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 5, 2017. (Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters)

Performance artists hold zombie G20 protest

Participants perform during the so called “1000 Figures” demonstration before the upcoming G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 5, 2017. (Fabian Bimmer/Reuters)

Performance artists hold zombie G20 protest

Participants perform during the so called “1000 Figures” demonstration before the upcoming G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 5, 2017. (Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters)

Performance artists hold zombie G20 protest

Participants perform during the so called “1000 Figures” demonstration before the upcoming G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 5, 2017. (Fabian Bimmer/Reuters)

Performance artists hold zombie G20 protest

Participants perform during the so called “1000 Figures” demonstration before the upcoming G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 5, 2017. (Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters)

Performance artists hold zombie G20 protest

Participants perform during the so called “1000 Figures” demonstration before the upcoming G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 5, 2017. (Fabian Bimmer/Reuters)

Performance artists hold zombie G20 protest

Participants perform during the so called “1000 Figures” demonstration before the upcoming G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 5, 2017. (Fabian Bimmer/Reuters)

Performance artists hold zombie G20 protest

Participants perform during the so called “1000 Figures” demonstration before the upcoming G20 summit in Hamburg, Germany, July 5, 2017. (Hannibal Hanschke/Reuters)

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