Video - Protester charges at bank boss during Press Conference

Mario Draghi

Wednesday's routine press conference with European Central Bank (ECB) President Mario Draghi was interrupted when a young, female protester charged at the bank chief, shouting 'end ECB dictatorship', before jumping on his desk.

A cowering Draghi tried his best to remain dignified before the protester was led away by security.

The ECB later issued a statement Wednesday:

'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'.

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