This video from Germany says about itself:
22 November 2014
The 3000-strong protest, organised by the leftist ‘Blockupy’ network, kicked off at St Paul’s church and later moved on to the ECB’s new premises where clashes broke out. After several members of the rally jumped the fence into the ECB grounds, riot police used pepper spray in an attempt to disperse the crowd. Several protesters responded by throwing paint balls at the building and police.
The demonstration was prompted by the coming inauguration of the ECB’s new office which cost a reported 1.3 billion euros ($1.6 billion) to build. The price of the building sparked outrage amongst ECB’s detractors, who say the money should go on easing impoverishment from austerity policies imposed by the ECB.
All the time, while there was a right wing government in Greece, slavishly obeying ‘the financial markets’ and the European Union, European Central Bank and IMF bureaucrats, the ECB did not decide to cut off Greece financially. Now, presto! a few days after the Greek voters said they had enough of the ECB-EU-IMF troika-imposed austerity, the ECB suddenly does. Down with democracy, up with plutocracy [sarcasm off].
From daily The Morning Star in Britain:
Mason gets into war of words with ECB official
Friday 6th February 2015
JOURNALIST Paul Mason has found himself in a full-blown feud with the European Central Bank’s communications chief after tweeting about its move to end Greek financing.
In an unexpectedly personal response, media relations division head Michael Steen accused Mr Mason of “wild, wrong and dangerous hyperbole.”
The bitter words continued under the close scrutiny of thousands of Twitter users, many of whom were quick to join the debate.
But Mr Steen feebly replied that he could not “speak for all 25 members of governing council who made the decision.”
European Central Bank tightens its grip on Greece in response to Syriza “debt swap” proposal: here.
GREEK government leaders’ charm-offensive tour of European capitals hit a brick wall yesterday when Finance Minister Yanis Varoufakis elicited no concessions from his German counterpart, Wolfgang Schaeuble: here.
German Finance Minister Wolfgang Schäuble insisted that the new Syriza-led government in Greece had to implement the Berlin-dictated austerity agenda, following meetings Thursday with his Greek counterpart, Yanis Varoufakis: here.