More than 150 people including 66 police officers were left with severe injuries when anti-capitalist protesters Blockupy clashed with the police near the new headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt on Wednesday.
Hours before the official opening of the ECB building, the anti-capitalist alliance of leftist groups gathered near the city's Alte Oper concert hall to protest against the policies of ECB. Their movement took violent turn, when the police urged the activists to step away from the bridge. However, the demonstrators started throwing stones at security forces and fire to barricades and cars.
The police deployed water cannons to disperse protesters after attacks on officers and fire-fighters. Seven police cars were set on fire while streets were blocked by burning stacks of tyres and rubbish bins, reported Reuters.
About 10,000 demonstrators were present at the rally.
"Our protest is against the ECB, as a member of the troika, that, despite the fact that it is not democratically elected, hinders the work of the Greek government. We want the austerity politics to end," Ulrich Wilken, one of the protest organisers told Reuters. "We want a loud but peaceful protest."