Melania Trump Trapped in Hotel As G20 Protests Rage Outside

Violent protests have broke out in the city as it hosts a summit meeting of world leaders. 

By Benjamin H. Smith

First Lady Melania Trump is unable to leave the hotel where she is staying due to violent protests in Hamburg, Germany, according to NBC News.  Stephanie Grisham, the first lady’s communications director, said Hamburg police refused to clear Mrs. Trump from leaving her residence Friday morning due to the ongoing street violence. Authorities believe as many as 10,000 protestors have besieged the German city during the G20 summit meeting of world leaders this week.

Early Friday morning The First Lady tweeted out “Thinking of those hurt in #Hamburg protests. Hope everyone stay safe! #G20.” The Slovenian-born former model and her husband, President Donald Trump, arrived in Hamburg Thursday, ahead of his much-anticipated meeting with Russian President Vladimir Putin today. CNN reports the spouses of various G-20 leaders were scheduled to tour a climate change center in Hamburg today before embarking on a leisurely cruise down the Elbe River.

Violent clashes reputed between police and protesters Thursday, leading to 50 arrests and 100 injured officers, according to the Los Angeles Times. Protesters at an anti-capitalist “Welcome To Hell” march threw rocks, bottles and smoke bombs at police in riot gear who fought back with water cannons and tear gas. A message from police on Twitter said “We remind you that gatherings in the transit corridors will not be tolerated.” Protests are expected to continue for the duration of the event. 

 

[Photo: NBC News]

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