Occupy Wall Street, indignants movements hit Germany

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Thousands of people in Berlin and Frankfurt took to the streets Saturday to protest the global financial crisis, as the anger of the Occupy Wall Street and Indignants movements spread to Germany.

Police said around 5,000 people gathered at Berlin's iconic Brandenburg Gate, near the German parliament, underneath a large banner which read, "Real democracy against capitalism: Let's occupy the Bundestag!"

The alter-globalisation group Attac put the number of protesters in the capital at 8,000.

Some 10,000 protesters also marched in Frankfurt, said Attac, brandishing slogans calling for banks to be "put in their place".

Frankfurt police could not be reached by AFP to provide an attendance figure.

"The success shows something: there are more people than ever who are fed up of seeing financial markets drive politics and big banks blackmail society," said Attac spokesman Max Bank.

Anti-capitalism protests have sprung up in more than 80 countries in recent weeks, including a protest camp in the heart of London's City financial district, the Occupy Wall Street movement in the United States and the Indignants protesters in Spain.

The protests are against what demonstrators consider an irresponsible financial system and for economic equality.

Indignants activists emulating the Occupy Wall Street movement set up camp in front of the Central European Bank headquarters in Frankfurt a few weeks ago.

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