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Germany

Tens of thousands at peaceful G20 protest but trouble looms

People have denounced leaders’ handling of climate change, the refugee crisis and global inequality at G20 protests – but also the unrest in Hamburg. As Jenny Witt reports, there was more violence after the summit ended.

Scuffles at final anti-G20 march in Hamburg

In the early hours of Sunday morning, despite the G20 leaders having already left the city, violence flared up anew in the Schanze neighborhood as rioters threw bottles and rocks, and burned trash piles, cars and street barricades, causing police to use water cannons, pepper spray and tear gas to disperse the often-masked marauders. Many of the protesters were reported to be drunk.

Police in Hamburg asked people to stay away from the area as they reported further arrests and injuries to police officers. More details would be released later on Sunday.

By early Sunday morning police reported the situation had calmed down.

Days of protests

There was no official casualty figure for the protesters, but more than 200 police officers were injured during the week’s clashes. On Saturday, emergency services said they were treating injured people but gave no figures.

At the end of the Solidarity Without Borders march earlier on Saturday, dozens of protesters were confronted by rows of police who were blocking off roads to the harbor.

By 5 p.m. (1800 UTC) on Saturday, the helicopters were hovering over Friday’s flashpoints and protesters had clashed with police at one or two junctions. Hundreds of police were at the scenes of Friday night’s clashes.

A demonstration towards the police detention center may take place later on Sunday.

Huge daytime rally for Solidarity Without Borders

On Saturday, tens of thousands of G20 demonstrators filed through Hamburg’s streets in a huge protest march under the slogan Solidarity Without Borders. Humor and anger mixed on the many placards and banners.

There was color, street theater, balloons and music. There were also hundreds of police officers dressed in heavy riot gear. And many people carried small cardboard signs condemning Friday’s violence on the streets of the city.

“Hamburg hopes for peace and hates violence,” proclaimed one young woman’s sign. “If you’re so outraged about the Schanze (the focus of Friday night’s violence) then don’t claim that Afghanistan is safe,” said that of a woman opposing the deportations of refugees.

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Illustration: Ben Jennings

Reporter Chris Uhlmann’s commentary tearing into American president – a man with ‘no desire and no capacity to lead the world’ – reverberates to Washington

In a scathing review of Donald Trump’s performance at the G20 Summit in Hamburg, Australian journalist Chris Uhlmann says the US president managed to ‘isolate his nation, confuse and alienate his allies and to diminish America’. Speaking on the Australian Broadcasting Corporation’s Insiders program, Uhlmann does not hold back his criticism of Trump, stating ‘we’ve also learned he has no desire and no capacity to lead the world’. He goes on to say Trump has diminished America and the world would miss it when it was gone

Source: ABC/Insiders

A savage opinion of Donald Trump’s presidency that went viral was delivered by one of Australia’s most seasoned political journalists, who is well known to viewers of the national broadcaster for his frank opinions.

Chris Uhlmann, the political editor of the government-funded Australian Broadcasting Corporation, described Trump as “isolated and friendless” at the G20 leaders’ summit, and said his disastrous foreign policy had “pressed fast-forward on the decline of the United States”.

The analysis, delivered on the ABC’s political program Insiders, has been viewed thousands of times around the world, and astonished American political commentators.

Speaking on Sunday from the G20 conference in Hamburg, Uhlmann said Trump had shown “no desire and no capacity to lead the world” and was himself “the biggest threat to the values of the west”.

“He was an uneasy, lonely, awkward figure at this gathering and you got the strong sense that some of the leaders are trying to find the best way to work around him,” Uhlmann said.

“Where was the G20 statement condemning North Korea which would have put pressure on China and Russia? Other leaders expected it, they were prepared to back it, but it never came.”

Uhlmann said Trump was obsessed with “burnishing his celebrity” and had “diminished” his own nation to the benefit of Russia and China.

“We learned that Donald Trump has pressed fast-forward on the decline of the United States as a global leader. He managed to isolate his nation, to confuse and alienate his allies and to diminish America.

“[He is] a man who barks out bile in 140 characters, who wastes his precious days as president at war with the west’s institutions like the judiciary, independent government agencies and the free press.”

Uhlmann has been the national political editor of ABC news since 2015, and won a Walkley award, Australia’s highest journalism honour, for broadcast interviewing in 2008.

While he may not be globally recognised, he caused controversy in Australia in 2016 when he blamed the South Australian state blackout on wind power and renewable energy, even though scientists disputed the claim.

Uhlmann refused to apologise despite attracting complaints, and likened himself to a heretic being burned at the stake.

In February that year he also published an essay that said the “intellectual virus” of Marxism was destroying the culture of western society.

Uhlmann describes himself as a centrist and once ran for public office in the Australian Capital Territory’s state election on a ticket with the conservative Christian independent Paul Osborne.

He was reporting on the last days of the G20 summit in Hamburg, which has seen violent anti-capitalist protests on the streets and featured Ivanka Trump briefly taking her father’s seat at the conference of world leaders.

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First family faces criticism and sarcasm after president’s daughter joined Angela Merkel, Xi Jinping and others during meeting on African migration and health

in Washington

Ivanka Trump also appeared with world leaders at a meeting on women’s entrepreneurship.

Ivanka Trump also appeared with world leaders at a meeting on women’s entrepreneurship. Photograph: Patrik Stollarz/AFP/Getty Images

“I try to stay out of politics,” Ivanka Trump said in a recent interview. But the US president’s daughter spent part of her weekend sitting around a table with the Chinese, Russian and Turkish presidents, the German chancellor and the British prime minister.

The former businesswoman and fashion model briefly took her father’s seat during a G20 session in Hamburg, prompting claims of nepotism and a heavy dose of sarcasm about her diplomatic credentials.

Ms Trump, 35, sat around the table with Xi Jinping, Vladimir Putin, Recep Tayyip Erdo?an, Angela Merkel and Theresa May. One official who was watching the session told the Bloomberg news agency she had taken her father’s place on at least two occasions on Saturday but had not spoken.

A spokesman for the first daughter told Bloomberg that she had been sitting in the back of the room and then briefly joined the main table when the president stepped out. Jim Yong Kim, the president of the World Bank, addressed the meeting, which dealt with African migration and health – issues relevant to a fund that Ms Trump and the World Bank had just announced.

Ms Trump serves as an unpaid adviser to her father in the White House, taking on issues such as paid family leave and women’s economic empowerment, but condemnation of her starring role on the world stage was swift. Maxine Waters, a Democratic congresswoman from California, told the the US news channel MSNBC: “It does not make good sense. Here you have the president of the United States at the G20, representing us as the leader of the free world, and so he’s going to play politics and give his daughter a chance to have a place in the sun and to be seen at a very important meeting that she knows nothing about.

“She cannot in any way deal with those members who are there representing those countries. She doesn’t know anything about these issues.”

Zerlina Maxwell, former director of progressive media for Hillary Clinton’s presidential campaign, told MSNBC: “It’s completely inappropriate. What qualifications and experience does Ivanka Trump have in her background that should put her at the table with world leaders like Theresa May and Vladimir Putin? Literally a foot over from Vladimir Putin. This just goes to, I think, the level of inherent corruption in this administration.”

The historian Anne Applebaum was quoted by Agence France-Presse as criticising what she called “an unelected, unqualified, unprepared New York socialite” being seen as “the best person to represent American national interests”.

G20 leaders are entitled to bring staff into the room for some meetings and, when other presidents and prime ministers ducked out during Saturday’s session, their seats were briefly filled by others. But seldom are they replaced by members of their families.

Later Merkel, the host leader of the G20 and hardly a close ally of Trump, played down the controversy. “The delegations themselves decide, should the president not be present for a meeting, who will then take over and sit in the chair,” she told a press conference. “Ivanka Trump was part and parcel of the American delegation so that is something that other delegations also do. It’s very well known that she works at the White House and is also engaged in certain initiatives.”

A photo of Ms Trump at the table was posted on Twitter by Svetlana Lukash, the Russian G20 sherpa, but she later deleted it. The political commentator Ana Navarro tweeted in response: “Telling that pic of Ivanka at G-20 table was posted by Russian staff. Russians knew would: 1. be deemed controversial; 2. get us going in US.”

Amy Siskind, president and co-founder of The New Agenda, a women’s rights organisation, tweeted: “This kind of thing happens all the time. In dictatorships.”

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