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Published time: June 01, 2013 11:08
Edited time: June 01, 2013 17:56

Activists of the anti-globalist Blockupy movement scuffled with dozens of riot police who charged into a marching crowd to disperse protesters, reports RT’s Peter Oliver. The march has been reportedly stopped.

What was supposed to be a march through the middle of German’s financial capital by anti-austerity demonstrators really lasted only about 500 meters, when several hundred riot police in full kit came among the crowd.

The protesters started throwing paint-filled objects at the police so puddles of paint are here and there, RT’s Peter Oliver reported. Later the paint filled bags were confiscated by police.

The organizers maintain there are tens of thousands of protesters and Peter Oliver witnesses a whole column of protesters going around the ECB headquarters.

The police force has split into two groups now. They do not let anybody through so the demonstration is not moving anywhere, as police and protesters are locked in a stand-off.

Water cannons arrived at the scene of a peaceful protest, Oliver reports.

Watch video of RT correspondent Peter Oliver live from the scene.

Riot police officers have already used pepper spray several times and some people have been taken away, but it is not clear if they have been arrested.

RT’s crew working at the scene has been separated by the riot police dividing demonstrators. The crew reports the use of fences and barbed wire by police.

Photo from twitter.com user @PeterGOliver_RT

Photo from twitter.com user @PeterGOliver_RT

Protests in Frankfurt-am-Main started on Friday when some 3,000 ‘Blockupy’ protesters, clutching signs demanding “humanity before profit”, blocked the main entrance of the ECB, the organizers announced that the coalition has “reached its first goal” of the day.

The anti-globalism march was called to celebrate the anniversary of the ‘Occupy’ rallies by blocking the European Central Bank.

Photo from twitter.com user @PeterGOliver_RT

Photo from twitter.com user @PeterGOliver_RT

The protesters moved to city’s downtown from activists’ camp in the Frankfurt suburbs, set up earlier.

Police reported that though some protesters thrown stones and there were some clashes at the barricades, about 400 people were detained on Friday.

The ECB, which has headquarters at Kaiserstrasse 29, in Frankfurt-am-Main, has promised to remain operational during the planned demonstrations.

Photo from twitter.com user @PeterGOliver_RT

Photo from twitter.com user @PeterGOliver_RT

Blockupy activists lay blame for the debt crisis in Europe with the banks and in particular the ECB for its role in imposing austerity measures on EU citizens.

 

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Thousands blockade European Central Bank in Frankfurt (VIDEO, PHOTOS)

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Published time: May 31, 2013 08:12
Edited time: May 31, 2013 13:50

The entrance of the ECB is blocked by over 3,000 ‘Blockupy’ protesters in a march against austerity. ‘Blockupy’ has announced the coalition has “reached its first goal” of the day.

Anti-capitalist protesters have taken to the streets of the financial heart of Frankfurt a day ahead of Europe-wide gatherings planned for June 1 to protest leaders handling of the three-year euro debt crisis.

“We call up everyone to join our protests.”

 

 

German riot police scuffle with protestors in front of the European Central Bank (ECB) head quarters during a anti-capitalism "Blockupy" demonstration in Frankfurt, May 31, 2013. (Reuters / Kai Pfaffenbach)

German riot police scuffle with protestors in front of the European Central Bank (ECB) head quarters during a anti-capitalism “Blockupy” demonstration in Frankfurt, May 31, 2013. (Reuters / Kai Pfaffenbach)

The ECB spokesman told The Guardian that the Blockupy protests have not disturbed day to day operations at the bank, but would not specify how many bankers managed to come to work.

Apart from those who amassed outside the ECB, a smaller demonstration took place at the nearby Deutsche Bank AG (DBK) headquarters, where around 50 police vehicles had been deployed. The protesters set off by midday.

The crowd, estimated at 2,500 by local authorities, clutched signs demanding ‘humanity before profit’.

Rain-soaked and dressed in ponchos, the crowd is equipped with a wide array of protest props- vuvuzelas, yellow wigs, pots and pans, and mattresses with the spray-painted slogan ‘War Starts Here’.

 

Image from twitter user@Migs_Bru

Image from twitter user@Migs_Bru

Blockupy’ has become a top-ten Twitter trend in Frankfurt, and at 10:09am (08:09 GMT), user Enough14 tweeted, “Strong Powerful blockade at Kaiserstr. Not one banker will come through here,” in reference to the ECB headquarters.

 

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Earth Watch Report  –  Hazmat

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15.05.2013 HAZMAT Germany State of Hesse, Frankfurt Damage level
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HAZMAT in Germany on Wednesday, 15 May, 2013 at 14:13 (02:13 PM) UTC.

 

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A poisonous cloud containing a potentially cancer-causing chemical was accidentally released over Frankfurt on Tuesday, with residents of two districts warned to stay indoors throughout the afternoon. The cloud of nitrobenzene escaped after an accident at a chemical plant belonging to the firm Clariant in an industrial park near the Hochst district of the city. The leak was only stopped after half an hour, a spokesman for the Frankfurt fire brigade said, adding that measurements outside the park suggested there were no immediate health risks. Nevertheless, a spokesman for the industrial park operator Infraserv said the cloud drifted over the Hochst and Unterliederbach districts, where residents were told to stay at home and keep doors and windows shut during the afternoon. Police also closed off the centre of Hochst and shut down a local railway station. Many people in the area were seen holding their hands or cloth in front of their mouths. The all-clear was only given in the early evening. Nitrobenzene, a substance used in the production of car paint, is considered highly dangerous if breathed in or swallowed, and can easily be absorbed through the skin. It is also considered carcinogenic and prolonged exposure can damage the liver, lungs, and central nervous system. Both the cause of the accident and the exact quantity of the chemical released were not initially revealed, though the Infraserv spokesman spoke of a “small amount.” The fire brigade sprayed water onto the chemical in an attempt to contain the leak.

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Toxic chemical cloud drifts over Frankfurt

 

Published: 15 May 13 11:12 CET

 

 

A poisonous cloud containing a potentially cancer-causing chemical was accidentally released over Frankfurt on Tuesday, with residents of two districts warned to stay indoors throughout the afternoon.

The cloud of nitrobenzene escaped after an accident at a chemical plant belonging to the firm Clariant in an industrial park near the Höchst district of the city.

The leak was only stopped after half an hour, a spokesman for the Frankfurt fire brigade said, adding that measurements outside the park suggested there were no immediate health risks.

Nevertheless, a spokesman for the industrial park operator Infraserv said the cloud drifted over the Höchst and Unterliederbach districts, where residents were told to stay at home and keep doors and windows shut during the afternoon. Police also closed off the centre of Höchst and shut down a local railway station. Many people in the area were seen holding their hands or cloth in front of their mouths.

The all-clear was only given in the early evening.

 

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Earth Watch Report  – Snow Storm

Ducks fly over the frozen Titisee Lake in Titisee-Neustadt, Germany, on February 27. Ducks fly over the frozen Titisee Lake in Titisee-Neustadt, Germany, on February 27.

12.03.2013 Snow Storm Germany Multiple Areas, [Southern regions] Damage level
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Snow Storm in Germany on Tuesday, 12 March, 2013 at 12:48 (12:48 PM) UTC.

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Heavy snow in several parts of Germany caused travel disruption, with 161 flights cancelled at Frankfurt airport, Europe’s third busiest. Public transport in Berlin was affected with several regional trains cancelled or severely delayed. There were also a spate of crashes on icy German roads with several people seriously hurt and one death, according to police.

12.03.2013 Snow Storm France Multiple Areas, [Northern regions] Damage level
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Snow Storm in France on Tuesday, 12 March, 2013 at 12:50 (12:50 PM) UTC.

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Nearly a third of France’s regions were on alert and the government activated a ministerial crisis group to deal with mounting disruptions. Weather service Meteo France described the snowfall — coming only eight days before the official start of spring — as “remarkable for the season” and warned that alerts would probably remain in place until at least Wednesday. More than 2,000 people were stranded in their cars overnight as heavy snow paralysed roads in Normandy and Brittany, with many spending the night in emergency shelters. “There are cars in front, there are cars behind. We’re in a film, it’s like the end of the world,” trapped driver Michel told France Bleu radio from the Manche region. At least 66,000 homes in Normandy and Brittany were without power, following snowfalls of 20 to 60 centimetres (eight to 24 inches). The snow caused major transport disruptions as it moved into Paris, with authorities urging the seven million commuters who use public transport every day to stay home. The city’s two main airports, Charles de Gaulle and Orly, said they had cancelled up to a quarter of flights. A traffic accident near Lille injured 14 people and a 58-year-old homeless man was found dead, presumably from the cold, outside a building in the Breton town of Saint-Brieuc. Hundreds were also stuck in their cars overnight in Britain and Eurostar train services to the continent were disrupted.

12.03.2013 Snow Storm United Kingdom Multiple Areas, [South-eastern regions] Damage level
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Snow Storm in United Kingdom on Tuesday, 12 March, 2013 at 12:59 (12:59 PM) UTC.

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In Britain, drivers including former Eurovision song contest winner Cheryl Baker were trapped for more than 10 hours as ice, snow and freezing winds descended on southeastern England on Monday and Tuesday. Police, rescue services, snow ploughs and gritting lorries battled to help the stricken motorists in temperatures as low as -3C. The counties of Sussex and Kent bordering London were worst affected with roads including stretches of the M23 motorway near Gatwick Airport under 10 centimetres of snow. Singer Cheryl Baker, formerly of the band Bucks Fizz, was among those caught up in the chaos as she tried to reach Brighton to pick up her children. “We took 10 hours to do a one-hour journey,” she told ITV. Eurostar said services of the train that runs under the English channel were suspended “due to extreme weather conditions”.

12.03.2013 Snow Storm Belgium [Statewide] Damage level
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Snow Storm in Belgium on Tuesday, 12 March, 2013 at 12:49 (12:49 PM) UTC.

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In Belgium, the snowstorms caused massive traffic disruptions, with vehicles backed up on 1,600 kilometres (1,000 miles) of freeways due to snowdrifts and ice. Buses and trains were cancelled or delayed in Brussels and other towns and the high-speed Thalys service linking Paris and Brussels was suspended. Long traffic jams because of snow and ice also snaked along motorways in the southern Netherlands, hampering travel to and from Belgium after an unseasonal fall of more than 10 centimetres (four inches) of snow overnight. Forecasters predicted that cold weather records were set to be broken again after Monday, the coldest March 11 in the southern Netherlands since 1928, Dutch media reported.

Snow Storm in Belgium on Tuesday, 12 March, 2013 at 12:49 (12:49 PM) UTC.

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Updated: Tuesday, 12 March, 2013 at 13:00 UTC
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An overnight snowstorm in northwestern Europe caused record traffic jams in Belgium, stalled high-speed international trains and left British and French drivers sleeping in their cars. The Belgian breakdown assistance association Touring said the total length of jams on highways and major roads at their rush-hour peak hit 1,670 km (1,038 miles), beating by far the previous record of 1,285 km set on February 3 last year. “There was too much snow at the wrong moment. If it snows a lot at night, the salt doesn’t work as there aren’t enough cars to spread it around,” said Touring spokesman Danny Smagghe. On a normal Tuesday, total morning rush-hour traffic jams average 250-270 km. Brussels’ two main railway stations were closed. The high-speed Eurostar service connecting London with the French and Belgian capitals and the Thalys line linking Paris, Brussels, Amsterdam in the Netherlands and Cologne in Germany were both suspended.

Heavy snow snarls travel in northern Europe

By Laura Smith-Spark, Stephanie Halasz and Alexander Felton, CNN
updated 5:02 PM EDT, Tue March 12, 2013
A couple walk on a snowy sidewalk on Place de la Concorde in Paris, on March 12, during a heavy snow storm. Twenty-six regions in northwest and northern France were put on orange alert because of heavy snowfall.
A couple walk on a snowy sidewalk on Place de la Concorde in Paris, on March 12, during a heavy snow storm. Twenty-six regions in northwest and northern France were put on orange alert because of heavy snowfall.

A cyclist makes his way along a snowy track near Ladmanlow, United Kingdom, on March 10 as a return of freezing temperatures and snow delay springtime weather for Great Britain. A cyclist makes his way along a snowy track near Ladmanlow, United Kingdom, on March 10 as a return of freezing temperatures and snow delay springtime weather for Great Britain.

STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • NEW: Germany’s Frankfurt airport, a major European hub, cancels 700 flights
  • Eurostar suspends its high-speed train services Tuesday because of bad weather
  • Bus and train services to airports in Paris start to recover after snow disruption
  • Motorists are stranded in southeast England as snow and ice paralyze roads

London (CNN) — Swaths of northern Europe were in the grip of snow, ice and high winds Tuesday, causing serious disruption to road, rail and air travelers.

High-speed train operator Eurostar, which runs services linking Paris, Brussels and London, among other destinations, has canceled the rest of its services Tuesday and told passengers to stay at home.

“Severe weather conditions overnight in Northern France and Belgium have led to the closure of the high speed line,” a notice on the company’s website said.

“Passengers will not be able to travel on Eurostar services today and should not come to our stations.

About 10,000 passengers are likely to be affected as a result of the cancellation of around 24 out of 27 scheduled trains Tuesday, Eurostar spokeswoman Lucy Drake said.

The bad weather may also affect services Wednesday, she said, with further cancellations or extended journey times possible

Passengers affected by the disruption will be offered exchanges or refunds, Drake said, and are urged to consider traveling next week if possible.

 

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