Demonstrators drawn from all of Frankfurt's left-wing movements clashed with police on Saturday (1 June) in the city's centre.
Demonstrators drawn from all of Frankfurt's left-wing movements clashed with police on Saturday (1 June) in the city's centre. The demonstrators -- numbering some 2,500 and mainly students -- were protesting at a rent move by Frankfurt's City Council, which had led to price rises on the public transport system.
The Council has recently rationalised the ticket-buying procedure within the city and suburbs. Now, one ticket is valid for travel on all urban transport -- trains, trams and the underground railway. This has caused the cost of some journeys to rise by between 50 and 100 per cent.
The left-wing in Frankfurt has been campaigning vehemently for some time for free public transport.
Saturday's demonstration in Frankfurt's main shopping precinct -- known as the "Zeil"--was the culmination of a series of protests which began on Monday (27 May). Seven demonstrators were arrested on Saturday. Since Monday some 200 demonstrators had been arrested. All but one were released after being held overnight in police cells.
SYNOPSIS: Police cleared the street with water cannon and arrested seven of the demonstrators. Most of them were students.