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.