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State justice minister calls Stuttgart rail protestors ‘spoiled’

The Local · 4 Oct 2010, 08:30

Published: 04 Oct 2010 08:30 GMT+02:00

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“A growing number of people are extremely intolerant and spoiled by their own prosperity,” Goll complained to the Financial Times Deutschland, referring to the fierce opposition against the €4-billion plans to revamp Stuttgart’s main train station.

“Nobody thinks about the coming generations, instead the focus is on avoiding something that is irksome to oneself,” he said.

Protests in southwestern city turned ugly last week after more than 100 people were injured when police used water cannons, pepper spray and batons to break up the crowds blockading the work site.

The construction in Stuttgart is part of a €7-billion project to make the city part of a 1,500-kilometre high-speed rail route across Europe. It will require 16 new tunnels, 18 new bridges, 60 kilometres of new train track and three new stations. Stuttgart's terminus will be transformed into an underground through-station – requiring a dramatic re-landscaping of the centre.

Goll, who is the lead candidate of the pro-business Free Democrats in Baden-Württemberg’s state election next year, also said he did not fear voter backlash because of Stuttgart 21.

“We just have to have faith in ourselves,” he told the FTD. “I’m not afraid that we’ll be punished when we go to the polls for the state legislature.”

Rüdiger Grube, CEO of Germany’s national rail provider Deutsche Bahn, took aim at Stuttgart 21 opponents on Sunday, arguing that resistance to the massive undertaking was not justified.

In a guest opinion piece for Bild am Sonntag, Grube said the unpopular project was legitimate from a democratic standpoint and rejected opponents' "right to resist" the project.

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"In our country, parliaments decide, no one else," Grube wrote.


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Your comments about this article

13:04 October 4, 2010 by Frenemy
Its only "futile" because of its location. Stuttgart may have been geopolitically important / regionally significant in the past (due to its US/NATO military relevance).

But lets be honest, these days who the F wants to go to Stuttgart??
16:11 October 4, 2010 by DinhoPilot
Isn't Porsche located in Stuttgart?

So it makes sense people want to come all over the world by train to go buy their Porschas* ^^
17:08 October 4, 2010 by dbert4
@Frenemy - The "US/NATO military relevance", is about as important as a pimple on a pigs ass. Other names that you aren't familar with, Bosch, Siemens, Mercedes, Porsche are what makes Stuttgart significant. You should go there sometime. Of course that would bequire that you leave the States. Have you ever left the US?
18:35 October 4, 2010 by Frenemy
@dbert: a little presumptuous aren't you? FYI: I'm not American and I live in Bonn (admittedly another city with declining relevance).
20:13 October 4, 2010 by SwabianEnglander
If this clown Goll really believes people are protesting because they find Stuttgart21 "irksome" then he's even more stupid and arrogant than Mappus, Rech, Grube and Schuester have proved to be thus far.

The attitude of the politicians and their willingness to resort to violence suggests that they operate in a system that is all but divorced from democratic accountability.
20:34 October 4, 2010 by ww77ww
A highly paid public sector lifer calling others spoiled...amusing
21:02 October 4, 2010 by Joshontour
Can't wait for Stuttgart 22!!! Y*utube it.
00:03 October 5, 2010 by Frenemy
@Joshontour: replace "Stuttgart" with "Catch"!! ;-p
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