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Paint it bleak: German police clean up Occupy Frankfurt Camp (PHOTOS)

Published time: May 16, 2012 12:05
Edited time: May 16, 2012 16:05
Policemen carry away a protester as they close down the Occupy Camp in front of the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt/Main, western Germany, on May 16, 2012. (Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach)

Policemen carry away a protester as they close down the Occupy Camp in front of the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt/Main, western Germany, on May 16, 2012. (Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach)

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.

AFP Photo/Daniel Roland
AFP Photo/Daniel Roland

­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.

AFP Photo/Daniel Roland
AFP Photo/Daniel Roland

­The camp clearing which started on Wednesday is to be completed by Sunday, May 20.

Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach
Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach

­About 30 police trucks arrived at the scene as many of the protesters were sitting to form a blockade of the area.

Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach
Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach

­However, the clearing of the Occupy Frankfurt camp was largely peaceful.

Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach
Reuters/Kai Pfaffenbach

­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.

AFP Photo/Daniel Roland
AFP Photo/Daniel Roland