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    German Interior Minister Hopes G20 Violent Protesters Receive Strict Sentences

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    Germany’s Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere expressed hope on Monday that aggressive anti-G20 protesters detained during the summit in Hamburg would receive severe punishments in court.

    BERLIN (Sputnik) — The G20 summit took place in July 7-8, accompanied by demonstrations of protest that turned into riots. Since the start of the protests, 288 people were detained and 144 arrested.

    "It is good there were necessary arrests. We are talking about grave crimes. I hope that the justice system will start investigating with all the severance and insistence and pass strict sentences," de Maiziere told journalists.

    The German Interior Minister noted that during the summit, hundreds of violence-prone individuals came to Hamburg from the countries of North and South Europe, and many were refused entry into the city by the border police. Still, the minister noted that there were more peaceful demonstrators than violent protesters.

    According to police data, over 470 officers in Hamburg were injured last week in clashes with the protesters.

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