Belfast Telegraph

Friday 18 April 2014

Germans protest against the banks

Demonstrators protest in front of the German Reichstags building in Berlin (AP)

More than ten thousand people are protesting against the banks' dominance in two of Germany's major cities, police said.

Police in Frankfurt, continental Europe's financial hub, said some 9,000 people are protesting peacefully near the European Central Bank's office tower in the city centre.

Police in Berlin said demonstrators are forming a human chain surrounding parts of the capital's government district to call for an end to excesses of financial speculation and urge the government to dismantle big banks.

Berlin police said "several thousand" people took to the streets, but organisers of the protest - which is inspired by New York's Occupy Wall Street movement - said turnout was about 8,000 in Berlin and 10,000 in Frankfurt.

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