Financial Times on violent Frankfurt protests: ‘Voices from the street: Frankfurt protesters speak’

There are no accusations about the protester’s violence, no calling them neo-anything, far-left or extremist. Just a polite heading.  The main photo is shown above (reads “Capitalists of all nations have expropriated you”). 

This is followed by short excerpts by selected protesters.  For example:

“We’re protesting against capitalism. People are so poor that they’re losing their health, their jobs, their life.

“The ECB is a symbol for banks oppressing people with interest — it’s only interested in making money out of other people’s debt.

“I hope the protests show that they must stop putting more pressure on people. People are not willing to take it any more.

“The police have collected water cannons from all over Germany. And the GSG9 [a police unit used for counter-terrorism operations] are here too. It’s a declaration of war on their side.

“The newspapers say the Greeks are lazy. But what would people do here if they had their income cut by 20 per cent?”

Katja Kipping, leader of Die Linke  party (The Left Party). Based in Berlin

To see the full violence of the protest see the The Daily Mail coverage.  Bias?  This is one the world’s most prestigious financial newspapers. 

unnamed-2German police cars are seen on fire after being set alight by anti-capitalist protesters near the European Central Bank