Frankfurt protesters clash with police for 2nd day

June 1, 2013 18:19

FRANKFURT - German police used pepper spray and batons against anti-capitalist demonstrators from the Blockupy movement on Saturday during a second day of protests against Europe's austerity policies.

Around 7,000 protesters joined an initially peaceful march through Frankfurt, Germany's financial capital. Many brandished signs with slogans that read "Make love, not war" and "IMF - get out of Greece".Small groups of masked protesters then hurled stones and smoke bombs at the police who responded with force. Several protesters and police officers were hurt.

Protests against the "troika" of international lenders that has bailed out struggling euro zone states - the International Monetary Fund, the European Central Bank (ECB) and the European Union - were planned in several countries on Saturday.

A first day of protests on Friday in Frankfurt succeeded in paralyzing some of the city's financial institutions, cutting off access to the ECB's iconic tower office building and Deutsche Bank's headquarters.

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