Protestors Try to Bar Access to Europe's Central Bank
Police say 2.5K attend largely peaceful 'Blockupy' protest
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted May 31, 2013 8:43 AM CDT
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)

(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.

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Vincebus
May 31, 2013 4:57 PM CDT
The unemployed youth need to absolutely boycott everything they can, classes, purchases, even cut down on eating, whatever. They need to withdraw all their funds and hang in the streets doing nothing. If cops arrest 'em go to jail. Don't show up in court or pay fines. Bombard the medical centers with health problems. hey, if there's no jobs whats the sense of trying. Just become dead weight and let the greedy ones carry the burden.
$28919642
May 31, 2013 11:47 AM CDT
This is insanity. There will be revolution.
mike267
May 31, 2013 9:30 AM CDT
How is it that none of the articles on this say a word about what the European Union wants to do? This is insane. If you have over 100k in your bank account, you only get to keep 100k. Got a million dollars that you've saved? The government gets 900k. How is it that this isn't mentioned????