Mario Draghi’s press conference in Frankfurt briefly suspended after a protester wearing a t-shirt showing “End the ECB dick-tatorship” threw paper and confetti at Europe’s top central banker
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Wednesday 15 April 2015 14.07 EDTLast modified on Wednesday 15 April 201514.10 EDT
Closing summary: Protests in the heart of the ECB
It’s time for a closing summary.
Mario Draghi’s press conference in Frankfurt was dramatically disrupted today by an activist, in a protest against the European Central Bank’s policies.
In a remarkable security breach the protestor, understood to be Josephine Witt, leapt on the desk, showering glitter on the ECB president.
She also threw leaflets condemning the “undemocratic” Bank, and its role in the financial crisis, and chanted “End the ECB dictatorship” repeatedly, before being removed by security staff.
The press conference was briefly suspended, before Draghi returned to tell reporters that his QE programme was delivering benefits to the eurozone economy, and to call for Europe’s labour market to be reformed to help younger people.
According to the ECB, Ms Witt registered as a journalist to attend today’s press conference in the Bank’s new Frankfurt headquarters. Staff took “immediate and effective action”, it said in a statement.
Police confirmed that they arrested a 21-year-old woman at the scene; she was later released: