German protesters clash with police

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Published: Wednesday 18th March 2015 by The News Editor

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At least two police cars were set on fire as authorities confronted left-wing anti-austerity protesters in Frankfurt, Germany.

Police said one officer was injured in a stone-throwing incident today near the city’s Alte Oper opera house.

Demonstrators sought to blockade the inauguration ceremony for the European Central Bank’s new headquarters in a protest over the bank’s role in supervising efforts to restrain spending and reduce debt in financially troubled countries such as Greece.

Police say most of the protesters, who include trade unionists and Germany’s Left Party, are expected to be peaceful during a day of rallies.

But they say a violence-prone element was using the march as cover for attacks on police and property.

The ECB says it intends to remain “fully operational” despite police barricades and barbed wire around its headquarters but some employees might work from home.

Published: Wednesday 18th March 2015 by The News Editor

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