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Germany: Blockupiers clash with police over gentrification01:13

Germany: Blockupiers clash with police over gentrification

Germany, Frankfurt
May 31, 2013 at 15:24 GMT +00:00 · Published

Germany: Blockupiers clash with police over gentrification

Hundreds of protesters of the "Blockupy Frankfurt" movement gathered in the business district of Frankfurt to demonstrate against gentrification and house evictions. Police and protesters clashed in front of an office building located at the Neue Mainzer Strasse which houses various real estate companies. No serious injuries nor arrests were reported.

Activists shut down the entrance of the building in order to prevent people from leaving. A spokesman of Terrafirma, a company located in the 'blockupied' building, dared to leave the building to accept an award for 'gentrification successes' in Frankfurt. After receiving the award he asked the protesters to "be quite".

The Blockupy demonstrators have called for two days of action in the German city. Frankfurt is one of the most important financial centres of Europe, housing the headquarters of large banking institutions, including the European Central Bank (ECB). The Blockupy movement was founded in the wake of the Occupy Wallstreet movement which was formed in the United States in 2011.

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Germany: Blockupiers clash with police over gentrification

Hundreds of protesters of the "Blockupy Frankfurt" movement gathered in the business district of Frankfurt to demonstrate against gentrification and house evictions. Police and protesters clashed in front of an office building located at the Neue Mainzer Strasse which houses various real estate companies. No serious injuries nor arrests were reported.

Activists shut down the entrance of the building in order to prevent people from leaving. A spokesman of Terrafirma, a company located in the 'blockupied' building, dared to leave the building to accept an award for 'gentrification successes' in Frankfurt. After receiving the award he asked the protesters to "be quite".

The Blockupy demonstrators have called for two days of action in the German city. Frankfurt is one of the most important financial centres of Europe, housing the headquarters of large banking institutions, including the European Central Bank (ECB). The Blockupy movement was founded in the wake of the Occupy Wallstreet movement which was formed in the United States in 2011.

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