On Thursday 7, the blockades from the previous day continued, with hundreds of protesters sleeping on the different roads leading to Heiligendamm. But the main action took place in Hinter Bollhagen, one of the 2 entrances to the "red zone" : thousands of people gathered on the fields in front of the fence, while police deployed their full arsenal (troops dropped by helicopters, horses, dogs, and no less than 9 water canons). A couple of isolated people managed to run to the fence and where immediately seized. The mood was however quite relaxed, with very little violence ( a few stones and bottles thrown at some point). There was however a DPA-photographer hit by a water cannon who lost his eye. The police eventually cleared the field with water canons, and (once and briefly) some tear gas.
Here, protesters holding plastic sheets are facing a water canon while another is posing in front of them ;-) You can see how the water is bouncing back towards him to get an idea of how powerful the jet is !
Please read the explanation at the beginning of the set and view the pictures in chronological order.
Part of " G8 summit 2007"