FRANKFURT Oct 27 Protesters from the
anti-establishment Attac movement entered the Frankfurt Stock
Exchange on Monday, shouting slogans and waving banners
denouncing financial markets.
The incident, which at one stage saw an Attac banner cover
the stock exchange's big board displaying a graph of Germany's
benchmark DAX index .GDAXI of blue-chip stocks, lasted a few
minutes, a Reuters photographer on the scene said.
He put the number of protesters at about 15 and said three
security guards escorted them from the building in the heart of
Frankfurt's banking district.
Nobody was injured and no property damaged. No one at stock
exchange operator Deutsche Boerse (DB1Gn.DE) was immediately
available for comment and trading was not halted.
"Disarm the financial markets," read one Attac banner. "Put
people and the environment above shareholder value."
A trader on the stock exchange floor said the protesters had
time to throw around "thousands" of leaflets.
"The financial crisis is a symptom of a deeper rooted
sickness: of an economic system that even when it is performing
correctly subordinates all social goals to shareholder value and
the profits of investors at the expense of jobs, social equality
and environmental protection. It has to end. The casino should
be closed," Attac said in a statement about the protest in which
it said 25 activists had taken part.
Attac recently staged a protest outside the Frankfurt stock
exchange demanding an end to "casino" capitalism.
(Additional reporting by Tyler Sitte and Peter Starck)
(Reporting by Kai Pfaffenbach; writing by Peter Starck)