Thousands Demonstrate in German Cities Against Banks, Bailouts

Thousands took part in protests in Germany to demonstrate against banks and bailouts as European leaders gather in Brussels to tackle euro-area debt crisis.

About 4,000 people gathered outside the European Central Bank in Frankfurt, Alfred Moebs, head of police duty, said today by telephone. Several hundred people demonstrated outside the Reichstag building in central Berlin, police spokeswoman Heidi Vogt said.

German lawmakers are facing public fatigue over the country’s shouldering of euro-region rescues and bank bailouts. Protests began Oct. 15, with more than 5,000 people marching through Frankfurt’s streets.