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Protesters and police clashed at anti-austerity protests outside the new headquarters of the European Central Bank.

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More than 10,000 protesters with the so-called Blockupy movement aimed to disrupt the inauguration ceremony of the European Central Bank's (ECB) new 1.3-billion-euro ($1.4 billion) headquarters in the city, according to Reuters.

Police said two officers were injured after having stones thrown at them. Thousands more police in riot gear pursued what they described as a minority of violent protesters out of thousands, AP reported.

Wilken said Blockupy wanted an end to an austerity politics, and was demonstrating against the role of the "troika" – the ECB, the International Monetary Fund, and the European Commission – in enforcing them on European nations who received bailouts:

Our protest is against the ECB, as a member of the troika, that, despite the fact that it is not democratically elected, hinders the work of the Greek government. We want the austerity politics to end.

We want a loud but peaceful protest.

Francis Whittaker is a homepage editor for BuzzFeed News and is based in London.

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