Police cars burnt at austerity protest

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(18 Mar 2015) Anti-austerity protesters continued their demonstration in central Frankfurt on Wednesday, trying to blockade the inauguration ceremony for the European Central Bank's (ECB) new headquarters.
Several thousand riot officers pursued what they said was a minority of violence-minded activists as the bulk of protesters conducted themselves peacefully ahead of a rally in the city's main square.
Police said one protesters threw stones at officers near the city's Alte Oper opera house and several private vehicles were burned overnight in the city centre.
Hundreds of officers ringed the ECB headquarters ahead of the inauguration ceremony.
Protesters were targeting the ECB because of the bank's role in supervising efforts to restrain spending and reduce debt in financially troubled countries such as Greece.
The Blockupy alliance said activists plan to try to blockade the new headquarters and to disrupt what they term capitalist business as usual.
Some 10-thousand people were expected for a rally in Frankfurt's main square, the Roemerberg.
Organisers have chartered a special train bringing demonstrators from Berlin and buses to bring others from around Germany and other European countries.


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