Police temporarily clear Frankfurt Occupy camp

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Posted: May 16, 2012 12:01 PM
Police temporarily clear Frankfurt Occupy camp

Police in Germany have temporarily cleared the Frankfurt Occupy tent camp next to the European Central Bank.

Some 340 people left, some of them carried by police as they offered passive resistance, the DAPD news agency reports. There were 13 arrests.

The clearance was completed when the last two protesters came down from trees they had climbed.

The tent camp was cleared as part of security measures ahead of protests this weekend by a group calling itself Blockupy, which has called for barring access to the bank.

City officials say the Occupy tents can be re-occupied on Sunday.

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Frankfurt police are preparing to clear a tent-camp of about 300 Occupy protesters from near the European Central Bank.

Police spokesman Manfred Vonhausen said Wednesday the protesters have been told they need to leave after a court upheld a ruling the camp was a threat to public safety. He says everything is quiet at the site so far.

The dapd news agency reports about 30 police trucks were at the scene and many of the protesters were sitting to form a blockade of the area.

Vonhausen says he expects the camp to be cleared in the course of the day.

The camp has been in a park across from the ECB in Europe's financial hub for months, where there have also been Occupy protests that have drawn thousands of demonstrators.