Picture taken on June 26, 2017 shows an anti-G20 sign erected by supporters of an anti-capitalist camp at the Stadtpark park in Hamburg, northern Germany.
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A 10-minute walk from Germany's heavily-guarded G-20 summit venue in the port city of Hamburg lies the graffiti-covered center of the leftwing protest movement vowing to disrupt it.This year promises to be far hotter than most, with the world leaders of the Group of 20 big industrialized and emerging economies coming to town on July 7-8 .Organizers expect a peak of over 100,000 demonstrators, while police estimate a hard core of 8,000 left-wing extremists considered likely to use violence.About 20,000 officers will secure the city and summit venues, a conference center and the harborside concert hall, the Elbphilharmonie.Protesters have voiced anger about the city turning into a police "fortress," and at a July 7-8 ban on demonstrations across most of the city which will force rallies into harborside areas.The government hopes the summit will be a success, but it fully expects police lights and water cannon or, as one official put it, a summit that will be "blue and wet".
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