Mario Draghi’s European Central Bank press conference was dramatically interrupted today by a confetti-throwing female activist who was protesting against the ECB’s policies.
Shortly after Draghi’s opening remarks, the woman shouted “End ECB dictatorship!” as she jumped onto his table wearing a T-shirt that offered an obscene version of her chant, and threw confetti in his face before being hauled away by security.
The woman, who was later identified as 21-year-old Josephine Witt, also threw pamphlets criticizing the “undemocratic” Bank, and its role in the financial crisis.
Photographers at the press conference were able to capture some amazing shots of the confetti-wielding protester, who was once a member of the activist group Femen.
Witt was later carried out of the room flashing the peace sign and smiling.
The press conference, which was held in Frankfurt, Germany, had followed the bank’s latest policy meeting kept earlier that day. Activists sometimes accuse the ECB of enforcing austerity measures on economically troubled economies like Greece and Spain, which are under financial bailout programs.
A few minutes after the incident, Draghi reappeared on the podium and continued where he’d left off.
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