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ECB President Mario Draghi gets a shock when protester high-jumps onto podium

Jeremy Gaunt and Mark Jones

Published 15/04/2015 | 13:58

European Central Bank President Mario Draghi's news conference was disrupted on Wednesday when a woman in a black T-shirt jumped on the podium.

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"End the ECB dictatorship," she shouted as she jumped onto the podium where Mr Draghi was sitting. She flung confetti in the air as she stood on the desk.

Her T-shirt bore a similar message, spelling it “D**k-tatorship”.

She flashed a 'V for victory' sign and smiled as two men in grey suits took her away holding her arms and legs.

A startled Draghi held up his hands as protection, but was otherwise relatively unruffled.

The news conference started again shortly afterwards.

A protester jumps on the table in front of the European Central Bank President Mario Draghi during a news conference in Frankfurt, April 15, 2015. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
A protester jumps on the table in front of the European Central Bank President Mario Draghi during a news conference in Frankfurt, April 15, 2015. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
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, April 15, 2015. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
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, April 15, 2015. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
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, April 15, 2015.REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
A protester jumps on the table in front of the European Central Bank President Mario Draghi during a news conference in Frankfurt, April 15, 2015. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
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, April 15, 2015. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach
A protester jumps on the table in front of the European Central Bank President Mario Draghi during a news conference in Frankfurt, April 15, 2015. REUTERS/Kai Pfaffenbach

At the press conference, the European Central Bank said it expects to fully implement its 1 trillion euro government bond buying programme due to run until September 2016.

Mario Draghi said worries about the number of bonds available to buy were "a little exaggerated."

"We don't see a problem," he said at a news conference after the ECB's latest policy meeting.

Draghi played down recent market speculation that signs of recovery in the euro zone economy could see the bank scale back its buying programme at some point.

"Our focus will be on the full implementation of our policy measures," Draghi said.

But he added that the programme was "flexible enough" to be adjusted if necessary.

Reuters

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