A ‘symbol of gratitude’
A petition was launched Saturday calling for the Elbphilharmonie to put on a “special concert” for the police deployed during the summit. Regional newspaper Hamburger Abendblatt is now organizing the event.
A Hamburg department store is offering police a 20% discount on all goods, while hotels and restaurants around the city have announced free accommodation and special offers. Officers can enjoy a free visit to a local driving range, a zoo, a tropical aquarium and the Hamburg dungeon.
Left has been ‘tarnished’
On Monday, Merkel promised funding for 15,000 more police officers if her party is re-elected in September’s federal election, while another senior CDU politician has called for the launch of a European database to monitor violent left-wing extremists, according to NTV.
Instead, Pautz said that the violence and the “media frenzy” it aroused have silenced legitimate criticisms of the G20 and of the police — and that politicians on the left have been forced to distance themselves from the issues that the non-violent protesters were demonstrating about.