This is the protester who got into the ECB and glitter-bombed Mario Draghi
On Wednesday a protester managed to get into a European Central Bank (ECB) press conference and glitter-bomb Mario Draghi.
It resulted in some pretty hilarious pictures, and a brief interruption as she jumped on Draghi's desk, shouting, "end ECB dictatorship!"
That slogan was also written on her shirt as "end the ECB d***-tatorship."
The activist is Josephine Witt, and she previously protested with FEMEN (some photos in that slideshow are NSFW). She's a 21-year-old student of philosophy, studying in Hamburg, and here's her German Wikipedia entry.
The feminist protest group has already claimed responsibility, according German tabloid BILD. But Witt herself says the protest was her own and that it wasn't affiliated with FEMEN. On Twitter, she says she's now out of Frankfurt police custody.
The ECB have now released a statement on the incident:
The European Central Bank’s press conference was briefly disrupted by a protester today, who jumped on to the stage and threw confetti. Staff from the ECB are investigating the incident.
Security staff took immediate and effective action.
Initial findings suggest that the activist registered as journalist for a news organisation she does not represent. Like all visitors to the ECB, she went through an identity check, metal detector and x-ray of her bag, before entering the building.
ECB President Mario Draghi remained unharmed and calmly proceeded with the press conference.
This is apparently the document she was throwing around, from Telegraph journalist Pete Spence:
According to Spence's own coverage of the event for the Telegraph, Witt chose her cover to get access to the press conference carefully:
To gain access to the press conference, the ECB said Ms Witt "registered as a journalist for a news organisation she does not represent”. Ms Witt told The Telegraph that she had pretended to be working for Vice Media, knowing that they hire many young reporters.
Witt was fined for a topless protest at Cologne Cathedral at the end of December last year.
This story will be updated as we hear more.