— Some 20,000 people joined a march through the center of the German financial capital of Frankfurt Saturday, protesting against European austerity programs, police said.
It was the only demonstration of the anti-capitalist movement known as “Blockupy Frankfurt” that was authorized by the city and justice authorities.
The other protests over the past four days had been banned by city officials.
Organizers put the turnout for Saturday’s peaceful march at more than 25,000 people, some of whom were brandishing placards saying “The eurozone is in ruins” and “When unfairness becomes the rule, resistance becomes a duty,” an AFP correspondent at the scene reported.
Since Wednesday, about 5,000 police have been constantly deployed in Frankfurt. — AFP