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'Blockupy' protesters surround European Central Bank

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Riot police confront demonstrators in a park next to the headquarters of the European Central Bank (ECB) in Frankfurt am Main, Germany, on May 31, 2013.

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Riot police stand near the euro sign in front of the European Central Bank.

Thousands of demonstrators from the anti-capitalist Blockupy movement cut off access to the European Central Bank in Frankfurt on Friday to protest against policymakers' handling of Europe's debt crisis.

The crowd, estimated by police at roughly 2,500 protesters, was met by armed police wearing helmets and riot gear and accompanied by Alsatian dogs. Trucks with water cannons stood by and a helicopter hovered overhead.

"The aim of this blockade is to prevent normal operations (at the ECB)," said Blockupy spokesman Martin Sommer, adding that some people who had tried to come to work had been sent home by the protesters. Read the full story.

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Riot police scuffle with protesters in front of the European Central Bank headquarters.

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Protesters try to stop a man from entering the blockade around the European Central Bank headquarters during an anti-capitalism "Blockupy" demonstration.

Protesters from the "Blockupy" anti-capitalist movement surrounded the headquarters of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt today. NBCNews.com's Dara Brown reports.