Cleaning up a tent camp of about 300 Occupy protesters – Europe's longest continuous “Indignants” protest – from near the European Central Bank turned out to be a messy business for some Frankfurt police.
Some of the demonstrators bathed in paint and hurled it at police who were moving them on, after they stubbornly refused to leave voluntarily.
Police spokesman Manfred Vonhausen said Wednesday the protesters were told they need to leave after a court upheld a ruling the camp was a threat to public safety.
The camp clearing which started on Wednesday is to be completed by Sunday, May 20.
About 30 police trucks arrived at the scene as many of the protesters were sitting to form a blockade of the area.
However, the clearing of the Occupy Frankfurt camp was largely peaceful.
The camp, located in a park across from the ECB in Europe's financial hub, stayed there for over seven months, since October, in their 50 or so brightly colored tents placed next to a gigantic euro symbol – the logo of the ECB.