Ahead of the demonstrations, the left-wing groups vowed to block the two ministries and disrupt their work over perceived policies of social division and in protest over the strengthening of right-wing forces in society.
The protest comes just days after the German Labour and Social Affairs Minister Andrea Nahles announced the latest Hartz IV labor welfare reforms. The Hartz IV unemployment handout is set to rise in 2017, but the new rates have been criticized as too low and arbitrary. Non-asylum seeker migrants will also be excluded for receiving the benefits.
Minor disturbances took place during the protest, with demonstrators using fireworks and attacking several police officers, the representative added, noting that 52 people have been detained on charges of committing civil disorder.
The police had acted inappropriately, the representative added, stating that numerous demonstrators sustained injuries and one suffered a broken nose.
Blockupy is a pan-European anti-austerity movement which comprises leftist and far-left organizations. Movement members mainly target the European Commission, the European Central Bank and the International Monetary Fund. In 2015, Blockupy organized protests against the opening of new ECB headquarters in Frankfurt. Attended by tens of thousands of protesters, the demonstrations were marked by clashes with police in which some 150 police officers were injured.