Fire destroys 12 Porsche cars at Hamburg dealer ahead of G20 start


At least 12 cars were set ablaze overnight outside a Porsche dealership in Hamburg. Police say they’re investigating whether the incident was related to the upcoming Group of 20 summit.

Police said Thursday that unidentified perpetrators set the cars alight in the city’s Eidelstedt district shortly before 4 a.m. The blaze was extinguished before 6 a.m.

HAMBURG, GERMANY – JULY 06: A police investigator walks past Porsche cars that were among 10 set alight by an arsonist at a Porsche dealership on July 6, 2017 in Hamburg, Germany. While no one has yet claimed responsibility for the attack, police suspect left-wing activists as likely perpetrators and see the timing ahead of tomorrow’s G20 summit as no coincidence. Leaders of the G20 group of nations are arriving in Hamburg today for the July 7-8 economic summit and authorities are bracing for large-scale and disruptive protest efforts. (Photo by Sean Gallup/Getty Images)

The situation in Hamburg has been largely calm ahead of the G-20 summit that starts today but authorities are concerned about possible trouble at a large protest by anti-globalization activists later Thursday.

In fact, organizers of Thursday’s demonstration have titled the event “G-20: Welcome to Hell.” While protests so far have been largely calm, city police chief Ralf Martin Meyer told ZDF television: “We are skeptical as to whether this evening and tonight will remain peaceful.”

Hamburg is boosting its police force with reinforcements from around the country for the summit, which takes place Friday and Saturday, and will have 20,000 officers on hand to patrol the city’s streets, skies and waterways.

Leaders of the participating countries, among them U.S. President Donald Trump, arrived in Hamburg Thursday.

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