May 18 - Small scuffles have erupted between police and anti-capitalist protesters who were trying to block access to the Germany's leading financial district in Frankfurt. Andrew Potter reports.
Anti-capitlist activists try and break through police lines sealing off Frankfurt's financial district. Chanting "we are peaceful, what are you?", some struggled with police. The demonstration is part of a campaign called Blockupy, a play on the name of the Occupy movement which sprung up last year. The protesters are angry at what they see as the misery of cuts being imposed by governments in response to the euro zone crisis. Christoph Kleine is a Blockupy spokesman. SOUNDBITE: BLOCKUPY SPOKESMAN, CHRISTOPH KLEINE, SAYING (German): "This is about a blockade of the banks. The police have already carried out the largest part of our job: everything is sealed off and most employees have been sent home. Today, we want to take to the streets again and to carry our protest in the direction of the financial district. At the same time, we don't want to use up too much energy because tomorrow, we are planning a large, powerful demonstration." More than 40 protesters were arrested across Frankfurt. The European Central Bank is based in the city, but its operations continued as normal. Other large banks said they were also unaffected. Andrew Potter, Reuters