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The G-20 protests are so bad that Melania Trump can't leave her hotel

The Hamburg police were unwilling to give first lady Melania Trump security clearance to leave her hotel to attend an event organized for leaders' spouses on Friday due to the massive protests surrounding the G-20 summit. At least 76 police officers were injured Thursday when 8,000 protesters, some violent, hit the streets; three officers have been hospitalized, including one who was wounded when a firecracker exploded in their face.

Angela Merkel's husband, Joachim Sauer, is hosting the spouses' event that Melania Trump was due to attend. "Friday's program for the spouses included a boat ride, lunch, and a tour of a climate control center," The Associated Press reports.

Others have also encountered trouble in Hamburg, with Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull under "security lockdown" with Indonesian President Joko Widodo in their hotel:

President Trump was able to make it to the summit, "driving through the city at high speed under heavy police escort," The Telegraph writes.