Riot in Germany as Blockupy anti-austerity protest turns violent

Riot in Germany as Blockupy anti-austerity protest turns violent



Protesters torched a police car prior to the official opening of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Germany.

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Police cars have been set on fire, windows smashed and stones thrown at police and firefighters at a demonstration timed to coincide with the opening of the new European Central Bank headquarters in Frankfurt.

Anti-austerity protesters were gathering in the city under the #blockupy and #18M hashtags to demonstrate against the so-called “Troika” of the ECB, the European Commission and the International Monetary Fund who oversee bailout packages in the eurozone.

So far 350 people have been detained, Frankfurt police said Wednesday morning.

German broadcaster Deutsche Welle reported that 10,000 Blockupy protesters were expected to attend today’s events.

Authorities have set up a security zone of barricades and barbed wire around the new ECB building.

Police cars were set on fire:

Smoke could be seen rising into the sky over the city:

Demonstrators hurled objects at police and firefighters:

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