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Ford’s employees protested in front of the automaker’s European headquarters in Germany, burning tires and breaking windows.

Cologne city police spokesman Karlo Kreitz declared that around 100 protesters were taken by authorities into temporary custody, after three officers suffered minor injuries. The protests took place yesterday, November 7th, Ford’s employees showing they oppose the automaker’s decision to close the Genk plant in Belgium.

According to the police the protesters came from Belgium on buses and blocked the main entrance to the plant. A group of 40 employees began to throw rocks in the plant’s windows, burn tires and set off firecrackers.

Last month confirmed its plans to close the Genk plant by the end of 2014, moving production of the new Mondeo, S-MAX and Galaxy to its Valencia plant in Spain. Production of the C-MAX and Grand C-MAX compact multi-purpose vehicles could move from Valencia to Saarlouis, Germany, in 2014.

“We understand the impact this potential action would have on our work force in Genk, their families, our suppliers and the local communities. We fully recognize and accept our social responsibilities in this difficult situation and we will ensure that we put in place measures and support to lessen the impact for all employees affected,” said Stephen Odell, chairman and CEO, Ford of Europe.