UPDATE 2-Protesters clash with police ahead of G7 summit in Bavaria

Sat Jun 6, 2015 2:01pm EDT
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* Merkel to host G7 colleagues starting on Sunday

* Police outnumber protesters in Bavarian resort town

* Ukraine and Greece crises could overshadow meeting (Updates protest numbers, adds detail on demonstration)

By Paul Carrel and Michelle Martin

GARMISCH-PARTENKIRCHEN, Germany, June 6 (Reuters) - P rotesters clashed with police in the German resort town of Garmisch-Partenkirchen on Saturday as thousands demonstrated against a meeting of Group of Seven (G7) leaders that starts on Sunday at a nearby luxury hotel.

Police responded with pepper spray when a group of marchers tried to break through their cordon. Scuffles first broke out as the demonstrators, some throwing bottles, faced off with riot police in a narrow lane of quaint Alpine houses on the edge of the town.

Occasional clashes followed as the demonstrators snaked their way back through the town. One paramedic said several protesters were taken to hospital and he was aware of around 30 people with minor injuries.

A police spokeswoman could not give any official figures on casualties, nor say whether there had been any arrests.

The crowd was estimated by police at 3,500-4,000 while organisers put it at 7,500. Police vastly outnumbered the marchers in the picturesque former winter Olympic games venue at the foot of Germany's highest mountain, the Zugspitze.   Continued...