Protests continued to shake the streets of Frankfurt Saturday as police kettled the Blockupy protesters for 5 and a half hours and began to single out participants. They had planned a rally in front of the European Central Bank (ECB) to be the culmination of their protest, but police stopped the plan going ahead by dividing them into three groups using kettles and keeping them off the planned course.
Police began using pepper spray and bats against the protesters in an attempt to contain the situation as the crowd tried to escape the street that they had been kettled into hours before. They also refused to let paramedics and activists out of the kettle to get water or food.
Saturday marked Blockupy's final day of protest, with barbed wire fences laid down and water guns prepped in case of more clashes. Blockupy demonstrators began protesting on Friday near the ECB and in front of the Deutsche bank at the airport, with the police estimating around 1,400 people that were present.
The protest is concentrated against the Troika composed of the ECB, International Money Fund and the European Union Commission and the austerity packages it has supported.