Police detained at least 400 people on Friday amid anti-capitalist protests in Frankfurt, the city that houses the European Central Bank.
Since Wednesday, activists have been defying a ban on demonstrations. They say they want to ‘Blockupy’ Germany’s financial capital.
“This is about a blockade of the banks,” said ‘Blockupy’ spokesman Christoph Kleine. “The police have done most of the work for us: everything is sealed off and most employees have been sent home. Today we want to protest around the financial district. But we don’t want to use up too much energy because tomorrow we are planning a big, powerful demonstration.”
Feelings have run high over recent days but there have been no major clashes with police.
Authorities are bracing themselves for Saturday’s authorised march when up to 40,000 demonstrators could descend on the city. They are angry at the misery they say governments are inflicting on people by imposing austerity measures to tackle the eurozone’s debt crisis.