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Germany: Police kettle in peaceful protesters

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1. W/S Police spray water guns 2. W/S A fire burns nearby 3. M/S Protesters chant "anti-capitalism" in German 4. W/S Man approaches police line 5. C/U Police officers 6. W/S Protesters chant "This is what democracy looks like" 7. M/S Man with sign saying "Your poverty makes me sick" 8. W/S Line of police officers 9. C/U Pink paint on riot police boots 10. M/S Protesters walk with sign for the revolution 11. M/S Protesters walk with sign 12. M/S Line of police officers 13. C/U Sign (in German) "Your beautiful free world is the imperium of scandal" 14. W/S Protesters walk with signs SCRIPT Germany: Police kettle in peaceful protesters Thousands of peaceful activists attempted to march in Frankfurt on Saturday for the final and most important day of their anti-capitalist protest when the police began separating more than 1,000 members of the crowd into three group by kettling them in. The blockade has lasted over two hours after beginning at around 13:00 CET, with the police allegedly refusing to let the demonstration march down the route that the administrative court approved for them last Wednesday. The protest is a demonstration against Eurozone leaders' approach to the financial crisis, therefore demonstrators wanted to focus their efforts on protesting in front of the headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB), which symbolizes the focal point of the protest led by about 40 organisations together. Representatives and officials from the city of Frankfurt want the protesters to stay on a path without reaching the ECB on Willy Brandt Platz. Last year Frankfurt, Germany's financial capital, discouraged Blockupy, but this year the city facilitated it, hoping to avoid clashes between protesters and police. Organisers of the demonstration, who are also kettled in, have attempted to convince the police to let them through the barricades to talk to the police spokesperson. At current time no solution is in sight. Many of the activists from other European countries such as the Netherlands, Italy, Belgium, France, Turkey are discussing the demonstrations in other cities world-wide.