VIDEOS: NATO Protests Turn Violent – Hotels Set Ablaze – Obama’s Plans Altered Over Security Concerns

Black-clad protesters attacked police and set a hotel and a customs station ablaze Saturday near a bridge linking France and Germany that served hours earlier as the backdrop for a show of unity by NATO leaders.

AP photographers saw other protesters storm a nearby Ibis hotel, setting fires and pilfering alcohol from its bar. An AP reporter saw intermittent scuffles between police and demonstrators in black as they gradually made their way back from the Europe Bridge and tried to enter the city center.

Around 2:45 p.m. (1245 GMT), the protesters – throwing rocks – tried to storm a massive police blockade at the Pont d’Anvers bridge, and were driven back by water cannon, tear gas, flash bombs and rubber bullets. Across the canal, nearly 1,000 people gathered to watch the fracas.

Some of the protesters were hurt, but none of the injuries appeared to be serious.

Elsewhere, stacks of old tires were also set ablaze, unleashing thick plumes of black smoke that could be seen from across the river. Near the bonfire was a sign welcoming visitors to Strasbourg.

First lady Michelle Obama and other spouses canceled a visit to a cancer hospital out of concern for security, the French president’s office said. Some 1,000 protesters were staked out near the hospital they were to visit.

 http://abclocal.go.com/kabc/story?section=news/world_news&id=6745192&rss=rss-kabc-article-6745192

Police and protestors clash at Nato summit

04/04/2009 – 13:46:49
Black-clad protesters attacked police and set a customs station ablaze today on a bridge linking France and Germany which served hours earlier as the backdrop for a show of unity by Nato leaders.

Protestors stormed a nearby Ibis hotel, setting fires and pilfering alcohol from its bar.

Stacks of old tyres were also set ablaze, unleashing thick plumes of black smoke that could be seen from across the river. Near the bonfire was a sign welcoming visitors to Strasbourg.

Michelle Obama, wife of the US president Barack Obama, and other spouses cancelled a visit to a cancer hospital out of concern for security, the French president’s office said. Some 1,000 protesters were staked out near the hospital they were to visit.

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