الأربعاء , يونيو 17 2020

ECB chief hit by confetti protest

A confetti-throwing protester has disrupted a European Central Bank (ECB) news conference, rushing on stage and screaming “end ECB dictatorship”.

ECB chief Mario Draghi was delivering his opening remarks when a woman jumped on his desk, throwing paper and confetti at him.

She was restrained by security and the briefing restarted soon after.

Activists have previously targeted the ECB for its role in imposing austerity measures on some European countries.

Mr Draghi looked shocked during the incident, but later made light of it, joking he “would have to improvise” unless he found his script.

Sweeping confetti off his desk, he went on to say the eurozone economy was recovering thanks to a huge bond-buying plan.

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

The ECB has been targeted by activists over its austerity policies before

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

Mr Draghi raised his hands to protect himself but was unhurt by the protest

A woman disrupts a press conference by Mario Draghi (C), President of the European Central Bank, (ECB) following a meeting of the Governing Council ain Frankfurt / Main, Germany, on April 15, 2015

The woman yelled “end ECB dictatorship” after jumping on stage

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

She was quickly detained by security officers

An activist is carried away after attacking ECB President Mario Draghi during a press conference of the European Central Bank, ECB, in Frankfurt, Germany, Wednesday, April 15, 2015

The conference later resumed with Mr Draghi commenting on interest rates

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