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After the chaos, peaceful Blockupy rally begins in Frankfurt

More than 10,000 people filled Frankfurt’s historic Römerberg square for a peaceful rally on Wednesday afternoon, just hours after the European Central Bank unveiled its new headquarters in the financial hub.

The demonstration was organized by Blockupy, an alliance of trade unions and anti-capitalist groups critical of the ECB’s role in restrictive austerity measures in EU member states, such as Greece.

The peaceful march was a marked contrast to scenes witnessed in the early hours of the morning, as anti-capitalist protesters torched security vehicles and engaged in street battles with police.

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