In Frankfurt, Germany’s financial capital at least 20,000 demonstrators took to the streets to protest against austerity measures aimed at tackling the eurozone debt crisis.
It was the final demonstration of four-day long actions by the,‘Blockupy’ anti-capitalist movement. The demo followed a legal scrap between activists and authorities over whether the march should go ahead. Wuck Lienert one protester explained why he had joined the march. “I am not demonstrating against something, but I demonstrate in support of a world, in which everyone has got enough, enough to eat, good health and in which the gap between rich and poor isn’t always growing,” he said.
Security had been stepped up with police closing roads denying the march the chance to pass the European Central Bank building. The ECB, which has put over 1.3 trillion euros into the financial system has faced calls to do more in the crisis.
“I think it’s funny that the city is blocked by the politics and not by the protesters. I guess that they were a bit hysterical with the security measures,” said one resident who was watching.
The march passed off peacefully. A court on Monday had given the go ahead for the march and also a dance party but ruled against other demonstrations. Several activists were detained earlier in the week for defying the ban.