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Germany: McDonald's shut down by Blockupy protesters00:38

Germany: McDonald's shut down by Blockupy protesters

Germany, Frankfurt am Main
May 31, 2013 at 23:19 GMT +00:00 · Published

Germany: McDonald's shut down by Blockupy protesters

Hundreds of stores and restaurants in the shopping area of Frankfurt am Main were forced to close on Friday afternoon because of impromptu Blockupy protests. Activists organised a sit-in of 150 people in front of one of the many McDonald's branches in the city. The sit-in lasted about 90 minutes, and once it was over the activists moved on. Police protected the businesses but the activists stood their ground to gain awareness for their cause.

The peaceful demonstrations organised by the Blockupy Actions Days 2013, began May 27 and are to last till June 1. Blockupy's March 31 agenda comprises of protests against exploitative working conditions around the world, including global exploitation in the clothing industry and unstable employment in the retail sector.

Emotions were high at the demonstration but peaceful demonstrators keep the crowd from any physical actions against stores. Smaller arguments and conflicts between police and activists arose but were stopped immediately.

According to the Blockupy website, their actions are not directed towards workers or consumers. They are against the global relations of production and the authoritarian crisis policies which are imposed in the European Union.

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Germany: McDonald's shut down by Blockupy protesters

Hundreds of stores and restaurants in the shopping area of Frankfurt am Main were forced to close on Friday afternoon because of impromptu Blockupy protests. Activists organised a sit-in of 150 people in front of one of the many McDonald's branches in the city. The sit-in lasted about 90 minutes, and once it was over the activists moved on. Police protected the businesses but the activists stood their ground to gain awareness for their cause.

The peaceful demonstrations organised by the Blockupy Actions Days 2013, began May 27 and are to last till June 1. Blockupy's March 31 agenda comprises of protests against exploitative working conditions around the world, including global exploitation in the clothing industry and unstable employment in the retail sector.

Emotions were high at the demonstration but peaceful demonstrators keep the crowd from any physical actions against stores. Smaller arguments and conflicts between police and activists arose but were stopped immediately.

According to the Blockupy website, their actions are not directed towards workers or consumers. They are against the global relations of production and the authoritarian crisis policies which are imposed in the European Union.

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