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#Blockupy Protesters Clashed with Police at Anti-Austerity Rally in Germany

Protesters sought to disrupt the grand opening of the European Central Bank’s headquarters.

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The European Central Bank (ECB) was welcomed to Germany on Tuesday by angry anti-austerity and anti-capitalist protesters, who came to blows with police in front of the bank’s new Frankfurt headquarters. Over 8,000 riot police showed up ahead of the protest to control the demonstrators with pepper spray and tear gas. The protest ended in violent confrontations between the people and the police, who detained about 500 demonstrators. The New York Times reports that some demonstrators burned cars, garbage cans and furniture as riot police cracked down on their gathering.

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Anti-Austerity Protesters Pelt Potatoes at Prime Minister

The PM gets tarred-and-feathered with mayo and fries, Belgium’s favorite street snack.

Belgium’s Prime Minister Charles Michel just received a Christmas present nobody wishes for: a fries and mayonnaise shower attack. During a business event in Namur yesterday somehow a slew of anti-austerity protestors—most of them women, it seems—got close enough to the PM to throw fries over his head and douse his suit in several squirts of Pollock-ian mayo. The entire attack was captured on video, including the PM’s affable response; he seemed to find the creativity of the attack amusing, at least. Mayonnaise fries, in fact, are a popular national street food in Belgium and the Netherlands.

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Jerry Brown Takes Away 48,000 State Employees' Cellphones

In an effort to get California's unruly budget under control, Jerry Brown is taking away the taxpayer-provided cellphones of 48,000 state employees.

In an effort to get California's unruly budget under control, Jerry Brown is taking away the taxpayer-provided cellphones of half of the 96,000 state employees who have them. The savings? Twenty million dollars a year.

"It is difficult for me to believe that 40 percent of all state employees must be equipped with tax-payer funded cell phones," Brown said in a written statement. "The current number of phones out there is astounding."

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