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Thousands Protest Capitalism, Materialism In Germany

"Blockupy" supporters took to banks and shopping malls in Frankfurt to demonstrate against big banks and greed.

Posted on May 31, 2013, at 11:07 a.m. ET

1. Protesters blocked access to the European Central Bank building in Frankfurt...

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Police try to prevent protestors from breaking through barricades.

2. Demonstrating against the bank and government's handling of Europe's debt crisis.

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Protestors use kitchen equipment to make noise.
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Protestors use kitchen equipment to make noise.

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Beach balls lie around riot police near the ECB headquarters.
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Beach balls lie around riot police near the ECB headquarters.

11. They stormed the Zeil pedestrian shopping street...

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12. To protest the clothing industry's labor practices — sweatshops and low wages in Third World countries in particular.

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Riot police stand in a Zara after evacuating Blockupy protesters.
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Riot police stand in a Zara after evacuating Blockupy protesters.

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A shirt stained red outside a Primark discount clothing store.
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A street artist wearing a Guy Fawkes mask performs with his dog in Frankfurt.
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A street artist wearing a Guy Fawkes mask performs with his dog in Frankfurt.

29. And they flooded the Deutsche Bank with giant puppets and banners...

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30. To oppose the bank's controversial food prices speculation.

Blockupy demonstrators carrying a banner that reads "Bank Theft."
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Blockupy demonstrators carrying a banner that reads "Bank Theft."

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Protestors hold a placard reading "bank robbery instead of land robbery."
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Protestors hold a placard reading "bank robbery instead of land robbery."

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