An activist prepares a fake gold pyramid during a demonstration for the redistribution of wealth in front of the chancellery in Berlin, Tuesday, Sept. 25, 2012. The protesters demand a special tax for rich people in Germany and Europe. The slogan reads 10 Trillion Euro and stands symbolically for the private wealth in Germany. (AP Photo/Markus Schreiber)
BERLIN — Thousands of people across Germany have protested for the introduction of taxes on wealth and financial transactions.
Organizers said Saturday around 40,000 people took to the streets in 40 cities to demand a more equal society.
Police estimates of the turnout in the country's biggest cities were lower than the organizers'. Frankfurt police said about 4,000 took to the streets and Cologne reported 2,000. Authorities in Berlin declined to provide an estimate but organizers said about 5,000 protested in the capital.
The organizers — including unions, civil society groups and the anti-globalization group Attac — demand a permanent tax on people's wealth "to have rich households contribute significantly more." They said the tax they're supporting would only affect the country's wealthiest citizens, with almost 99 percent not paying additional taxes.