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article imageThousands of anti-capitalists 'blockupy' ECB in Frankfurt (video)

By Anne Sewell     May 31, 2013 in World
Frankfurt - Angry protesters have occupied the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt, effectively stopping people from going to work. The beef of the Blockupy Frankfurt Movement is the mishandling of the crisis by the EU's financial institutions.
According to organizers of the demonstration, there are around 3,000 protesters out and about in Frankfurt. Thousands more are expected to join in the protest in Europe's financial hub as the day goes on.
The Blockupy Frankfurt demonstrators are blaming the ECB and other European financial institutions for the painful austerity measures which are causing misery throughout the EU.
The European Central Bank is part of the "Troika", along with the European Union and the International Monetary Fund. Protesters are saying that the Troika has mismanaged the finances of Europe and is targeting the people, instead of the banks who are responsible for the crisis.
Among the crowd can be seen many of the European nationalities affected by austerity, including the Spanish "Indignados" and well as protesters from Italy and Germany. The protest is a peaceful one and as Sol Trumbo Vila says in the video interview, is an act of civil disobedience.
Despite a strong police presence, the protesters did manage to block all entrances to the ECB and prevented employees from going to work on Friday. As the day goes on, demonstrators will decide on their next move and whether to lift the blockade to the ECB.
Spokesperson for Blockupy Frankfurt, Ani Dießelmann told EuroNews, “Our main goal is to show that the regime that is governing Europe through this crisis is neither democratically legitimate nor acting in any responsible way for the people. It’s really working for profit. One of it’s symbolic places is the ECB – the place that has economic and financial reign over Europe.”
Banner for the Blockupy Frankfurt movement - May 31  2013.
Banner for the Blockupy Frankfurt movement - May 31, 2013.
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