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. Last Updated: 07/27/2016

Water Cannons, Boat Chase at Summit

HINTER BOLLHAGEN, Germany -- Riot police used water cannons to drive protesters from the fence around the Group of Eight summit Thursday, while other demonstrators led authorities on a boat chase on the Baltic Sea.

Some protesters blocked roads while riot police skirmished with a large group near the main entrance gate along the 12-kilometer security fence sealing off the summit, firing repeated blasts from four water cannons.

A line of an estimated 200 riot police stood between nearly 2,000 protesters and the razor wire-topped fence. The ragtag band of protesters tried to charge them before being beaten back with several volleys of water blasts.

Some surged across a field, getting within 500 meters of the fence before being struck by the water. Many stood nose-to-nose with officers, chanting in unison: "We're peaceful, what are you?"

Later, a lone protester managed to dash to the fence where he pumped his hands in the air, gave the peace sign, and then turned around and urinated on it before retreating to trees about 100 meters away.

"It was a great feeling," said the man, who did not give his name for fear of being arrested.

Helicopters ferried in dozens of riot police as reinforcements, landing just outside the fence.

Thousands of demonstrators had spent the night in a no-demonstration zone within a kilometer of the security fence surrounding the summit at the coastal resort of Heiligendamm.

On the Baltic Sea, 24 activists from the Greenpeace environmental organization led police on a boat chase.

Greenpeace was calling on the summit to set clear goals for the emissions of greenhouse gases.