4,000 in Germany protest banks’ dominance

BERLIN (AP) — German police say around 4,000 people took to the streets in Frankfurt to protest the banks’ dominance in what is continental Europe’s financial hub.

Police spokeswoman Isabell Neumann said Saturday the Occupy Frankfurt protesters marched peacefully through the city.

Organizers of the protest — which is inspired by New York’s Occupy Wall Street movement — said turnout was about 6,000.

Some protesters have been camping out in front of the European Central Bank’s office tower in Frankfurt since a demonstration of around 5,000 there last week. Several hundred protesters criticizing banks and capitalism as a whole also took to the streets in Berlin, where about 4,000 had turned out last Saturday.

Last week’s demonstrations had been part of a global solidarity movement with New York’s protesters.

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