Monday 25 September 2017

Protester dragged out after startling Mario

A protester jumps on the table in front of the European Central Bank President Mario Draghi during a news conference in Frankfurt
A protester jumps on the table in front of the European Central Bank President Mario Draghi during a news conference in Frankfurt
A Femen activist stands on the table of the podium throwing paper at ECB President Mario Draghi, left, during a press conference of the European Central Bank in Frankfurt
Security officers detain a protester who jumped on the table in front of the European Central Bank President Mario Draghi during a news conference in Frankfurt
Security officers detain a protester who jumped on the table in front of the European Central Bank President Mario Draghi

Independent.ie Newsdesk and Agencies

A German protester interrupted the usually sedate monthly press conference of Mario Draghi yesterday by jumping on to the European Central Bank president's desk and pouring glitter confetti over him.

Josephine Witt (21) shouted: "End the ECB dictatorship!" before being wrestled to the ground. She then flashed a 'V for victory' sign and smiled as two security men took her away clutching her arms and legs.

A startled-looking Mr Draghi raised his hands to his chest and briefly left the room.

The woman from Hamburg posed as a reporter and was screened for weapons before entering the ECB. Germany takes a lax view of protests and a police spokesman said she was unlikely to be charged.

Irish Independent

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