German protest over cultural center turns violent

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Associated Press

Posted on December 21, 2013 at 4:03 PM

Updated Sunday, Dec 22 at 12:04 AM

BERLIN (AP) — German police say 22 officers have been injured in clashes with protesters opposed to the eviction of a left-wing cultural center in the northern city of Hamburg.

More than 7,000 people demonstrated Saturday against the eviction of the Rote Flora center, a squatted former theater in the city's Schanzenviertel area.

Hamburg police said some of the protesters began hurling objects at the 2,000 officers shortly after the demonstration began.

They said an unspecified number of protesters were also injured.

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