Protestors Try to Bar Access to Europe's Central Bank

Police say 2.5K attend largely peaceful 'Blockupy' protest

By Matt Cantor,  Newser Staff

Posted May 31, 2013 8:43 AM CDT

(Newser) – Protesters swarmed the European Central Bank in Frankfurt today, with a police-estimated crowd of 2,500 gathering in an effort to to block access to the institution. The "Blockupy" demonstration comes in response to officials' approach to the region's debt crisis, Reuters reports. Anti-capitalist protesters—holding signs reading "Humanity Before Profits" and "War Starts Here"—were met by an armed police presence outfitted with riot gear and dogs. But though there were some reports of stone-throwing, the event was largely peaceful.

"The aim of this blockade is to prevent normal operations," said a rep for Blockupy, who added that some employees were indeed barred from accessing the bank. The bank, for its part, said it was trying to stay open today. Demonstrations are planned across Europe tomorrow.

German police officers guard the Deutsche Bank building during a demonstration of some hundred anit-capitalism Blockupy protesters in front of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt.
German police officers guard the Deutsche Bank building during a demonstration of some hundred anit-capitalism Blockupy protesters in front of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt.   (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
Members of the Blockupy movement shake a police fence in the inner city of Frankfurt/Main, Germany, Friday, May 31, 2013.
Members of the Blockupy movement shake a police fence in the inner city of Frankfurt/Main, Germany, Friday, May 31, 2013.   (AP Photo/dpa, Boris Roessler)
German police officers take away a demonstrator.
German police officers take away a demonstrator.   (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
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