#Blockupy 20,000 marched at Frankfurt #Occupy protest rally on Saturday
BERLIN (AP) — “At least 20,000 people held a major rally of the local Occupy movement in Frankfurt on Saturday to decry austerity measures affecting much of Europe, the dominance of banks, and what they call untamed capitalism.
The protesters peacefully filled the city center of continental Europe’s biggest financial hub on a warm and pleasant afternoon, said Frankfurt police spokesman Ruediger Regis. He said 20,000 people were there, while organizers put the number at 25,000.
The protest group, named Blockupy, has called for blocking access to the European Central Bank, which is located in Frankfurt’s business district.
Organizer spokesman Roland Seuss the protest is “against the Europe-wide austerity dictate by the (creditor) troika of ECB, the EU Commission and the International Monetary Fund.”
(Reuters) – “German police said they detained 400 anti-capitalist protesters in Frankfurt on Friday for defying a ban on demonstrations against austerity policies implemented to tackle the intensifying euro zone debt crisis.”
Happy #Caturday from the InternetErrorkittehs
1) “Women wave Bahraini flags while shouting anti-government slogans during a sit-in outside the United Nations House in Manama December 14, 2011.” (REUTERS/ Hamad I Mohammed)
2)“Anti-government protesters walk on the highway as riot police vehicles approach in Budaiya Highway west of Manama, December 15, 2011.”
(REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed)
3)“Protesters run into a coffee shop to take shelter from the tear gas that was fired by the riot police during a sit-in at a roundabout in Budaiya Highway west of Manama, December 15, 2011.” (REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed)
4)“A police officer speaks to Zaynab al-Khawaja, the daughter of Human Rights activist, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, after she refused to leave after a sit-in at a roundabout in Budaiya Highway west of Manama, December 15, 2011.” (REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed)
5)“A police officer drags Zaynab al-Khawaja, the daughter of Human Rights activist, Abdulhadi al-Khawaja, after handcuffing her when she refused to leave after a sit-in at a roundabout in Budaiya Highway west of Manama, December 15, 2011.”
(REUTERS/Hamad I Mohammed)
More photos here: Reuters
Meanwhile in #Cairo #Egypt #D16 Via @Reuters
Protesters clash with military police. Soldiers stormed an anti-military protest camp outside Egypt’s Cabinet building Friday, beating women with sticks and hurling chunks of concrete and glass onto protesters from the roof of the parliament in a resurgence of turmoil only a day after millions voted in parliamentary elections. Protesters attempted to fight back by hurling stones back at the military police using sling shots, setting up shields made of building debris and helmets made of buckets. Small fires were started
At least seven protesters were shot to death in the clashes.