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Scores injured in anti-austerity riots against ECB's new HQ

A police car was set on fire, windows were smashed and demonstrators threw stones at police in Frankfurt ahead of a massive anti-austerity rally marking the opening of the European Central Bank's new headquartersViolent clashes between anti-capitalist protesters and German police left dozens injured and a trail of destruction in Germany’s financial capital as the European Central Bank opened its new headquarters Wednesday. In fierce street battles that began in the early hours in the well-heeled western city of Frankfurt, 14 police and 21 anti-capitalist protesters were wounded, police and rally organisers said. Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere condemned the “explosion of violence” which will be discussed in parliament on Thursday. Blockupy attempted to distance itself from the violence, which was timed to protest the official opening of the ECB’s new 1.3-billion-euro ($1.4-billion) towering headquarters.

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