German riot police officers clash with a protestor (3L) outside the new European Central Bank (ECB) headquarters during riots in Frankfurt March 18, 2015. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
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Anti-capitalist protesters clashed with riot police near the new headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt Wednesday and set fire to barricades and cars, casting a pall over the ceremonial opening of the billion-euro skyscraper.Some 94 police officers were injured by stones and tear gas flung by a violent minority from within the 3,500 protesters, police said. Rally organizers said there were 7,000 protesters, more than 100 of whom were injured by police.A total of 550 protesters were detained.German leaders condemned the violence while defending the right to protest against the ECB.Greek Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis last week criticised ECB policy towards Athens as "asphyxiating," a criticism also made by the protest organizers.
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