German police officers escort an anti-capitalism protest march with some 20,000 people in Frankfurt, Germany, Saturday, May 19, 2012. The German police took off their helmets and marched with the protest clearing the way for them.
Police were escorting, not participating. However it was noted by many on Twitter that it was nice to see their faces, and their humanity coming through. Quite a contrast to the NoNATO protests in Chicago.
Protesters peacefully filled the city center of continental Europe's biggest hub in their protest against the dominance of the banks and what they perceive to be untamed capitalism, Frankfurt police spokesman Ruediger Regis said. The protest group calling itself "Blockupy" has called for blocking the access to the European Central Bank, which is located in Frankfurt's business district.
Organizer spokesman Roland Seuss said the protest is "against the Europe-wide austerity dictate by the [creditor] troika of ECB, the EU Commission and the International Monetary Fund."
"We are in solidarity with the people of Greece and other European countries who are already gravely suffering from [budget] cuts across the board which threaten their very existence," Mr. Suess said.