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    The Blockupy activist group condemned the violent actions of their supporters after more than 90 police officers were wounded during the anti-austerity rally in Frankfurt Wednesday.

    MOSCOW (Sputnik) — More than 100 protesters were affected by tear gas and over 20 were beaten by truncheons, the activist group also said via Twitter.

    Blockupy is a left-wing political group protesting EU austerity policies, particularly those imposed recently on Greece.

    "It was not what we had agreed upon or planned… I can fully understand the emotions of people who have been affected by the ECB's financial policies, but even if we protest against European policies, we still should behave like Europeans," Blockupy's Ulrich Wilken told journalists.

    Blockupy's spokesperson Christoph Kleine added that some 10,000 police had been deployed as 6,000 people took to the streets of Frankfurt.

    "Police made excessive use of special measures, such as tear gas and water cannons. According to our estimates, 10,000 police took part in the protest, equipped with 98 water cannons," Kleine said.

    At least 16 protesters were arrested following the clashes to disrupt the opening of the new European Central Bank headquarters in the German city, police spokesperson Hesser Koschig told RIA Novosti.

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