Sunday, June 03, 2007
Ten minutes in an anti-G8 riot
I knew it was a bad idea to get close to the rioters at the anti-G8 protests in Rostock, but I went anyway. And there they were, throwing rocks and bottles at the police, some of them chipping away at the pavement to form more projectiles.
All of a sudden a masked individual drops a huge piece of pavement right in front of my feet. "Don't just stand there ... we need more amunition," he tells me in a bossy voice.
So I decide to just go back to our satellite live vehicle, when I hear from behind:
"He's a cop, a rat," and sure enough, there's three masked guys pointing at me.
"I'm not a cop," I tell them.
"Get outta here, or you'll be next!"
At that moment ... a loud boom ... smoke fills the air. The police have shot tear gas at the protesters and now everybody is running away.
I can't really see, my eyes are tearing, and my nostrils and mouth feel like they're on fire, but I run away as well.
After about five minutes I make it back to our live truck only to find a large police watercanon vehicle approaching fast.
The truck unloads on our camerawoman Claudia and me as we try to find shelter in a telephone booth with protesters throwing rocks over our heads and the watercanon truck inundating us from the other direction.
Oh, and the truck's water is also filled with tear gas.
After about another minute of mayhem, the truck turns in the other direction, the rocks stop flying, but the protests kept going on for hours.
A pretty exciting day, and the G8 Summit hasn't even started yet.
From Frederik Pleitgen, CNN Berlin Correspondent
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