Melania Trump has been blocked from attending a G20 spouse’s event by violent protests taking place throughout the northern German city of Hamburg, leaving the First Lady holed up in her guest house until things calm down, NBC News is reporting.
The Trumps are in town, along with several other major world leaders, for the G20 Summit, the annual economic summit of politicians and legislators convening to discuss policy and financial stability.
Even before Trump and the other dignitaries arrived, the city of Hamburg was seized by protests, sometimes violent. An estimated 10,000 people, many wearing masks, descended upon the city center, chanting and holding signs. The protests later descended into violence, with individuals attacking police, throwing projectiles, and setting fires.
Some protesters, affiliated with anti-Trump and anti-capitalist groups in Europe, dubbed the event “Welcome to Hell.”
At least 160 police officers were injured in the protests.
Riot police used tear gas, smoke bombs, and water cannons in an attempt to disperse the crowds. At least 45 people were arrested or detained, and at least 15 were taken into police custody.
By Friday morning, Hamburg time, riot police had largely gained control of the situation. However, clouds of smoke – from tear gas, fires, police munitions – still hung over the city, making for an eerie backdrop to the summit. What’s more, the situation is still volatile and can erupt into riots again at any moment.
— Daily Mirror (@DailyMirror) July 7, 2017
For these reasons, authorities made the decision to keep the First Lady safe and in her residence until things settle down, according to a Trump spokesperson speaking to German news agency Focus.
“We have no security clearance from the police to leave the guesthouse.”
Mrs. Trump is currently staying in a guest house belonging to the Hamburg Senate, according to Fox News.
She was scheduled to attend an event for spouses of the leaders, which was to include lunch, a tour of a climate control center, and a boat ride.
Melania, for her part, tweeted Friday morning, offering her well-wishes to those injured in the violence.
— Melania Trump (@FLOTUS) July 7, 2017
The current G20 summit is scheduled to conclude on Saturday.
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