Three police cars have been set alight and two officers injured as authorities confronted anti-austerity protesters trying to blockade the inauguration ceremony for the European Central Bank’s new headquarters in Frankfurt, Germany.
Several thousand riot officers pursued what they said was a minority of violence-minded activists as the bulk of protesters conducted themselves peacefully ahead of a rally in the city’s main square. Some blocked bridges across the Main River or streets.
Police said one officer was injured by stones thrown near the city’s Alte Oper opera house, several private vehicles were burned overnight, and two police cars were set on fire at a police station in the city center. A third police vehicle smoldered a block from the ECB.
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