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Baden–Württemberg rejects referendum on Stuttgart 21

The Local · 28 Oct 2010, 11:50

Published: 28 Oct 2010 11:50 GMT+02:00

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The centre-right majority coalition of conservative Christian Democrats and pro-business Free Democrats voted against the proposal, while the Greens, who oppose the project, abstained.

The party withheld its votes after the SPD refused to incorporate their changes into the proposal, which would have put the issue up to a referendum vote during state elections in March 2011.

The decision came following protests in Berlin on Tuesday, when activists from Stuttgart chartered a special train to the capital for a full day of protest in hopes of keeping the national spotlight on their case.

A growing number of people in the southern city have been attending ongoing protests to air their concerns about the project, which they say is unnecessary, too expensive and a potential danger to the environment.

Stuttgart 21 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. The cost of Stuttgart 21 project is estimated at €4.1 billion but related rail overhauls are expected to cost a further €3 billion.

Meanwhile four demonstrators registered a formal complaint against Stuttgart police with a local court on Thursday, saying that they had all suffered severe injuries to their eyes from water cannons during a September 30 protest that turned violent.

The men said doctors feared their eyesight would be permanently damaged, and one of them could be blinded for life.

“The four of us must live a lifetime with the results of this inappropriate and illegal police operation,” said Alexander Schlager, one of the complainants.

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This week the state parliament opened an official inquiry into police conduct on that day. By January 2011, politicians hope to clarify who was ultimately responsible for the clash with demonstrators.


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14:38 October 28, 2010 by elboertjie
If they reject the idea of having a referendum, they reject the idea of hearing the people's voice.

It is time to get ALL of these people out of office and get people who are REPRESENTATIVE of people's opinions in there.

These people in office can thus be viewed as terrorists, because the ignore the will of the people and thus oppress them with their continuous tyranny.
15:46 October 28, 2010 by JDee
Well said!

I just think they iare ignorant and delusional about the world. I can't believe they are bad people, there is just a total lack of joined up thinking. Economic displacement is not economic development. You don't knock houses down when you need to re-wire them, so why train stations. When I arrived in Stuttgart there were 0 malls in 2005. We now have 1, another is underway and S21 would bring a 3rd which is even bigger. There are plenty of empty offices. Empty office building do not bring tax revenue. I do not think another Starbucks, a 5th H&M or a 3rd Zara is what you call a responsible legacy for future generations. It's just a bad bad expensive project and people who fall for the P
19:14 October 28, 2010 by crm114
and is it really necessary to get to Bratislava that bit quicker than is currently possible? JD, your right these cloned, soulless temples to consumerism are more curse than legacy, lining the pockets of big business with taxpayers money.
23:28 October 28, 2010 by pepsionice
Yes, Yes....I am in full agreement. What we need is a clean and green city...with no trains, no trolley cars, no roads, no train stations, no buses, and no industry. Only by taking this route to sanity will we be able to live with ourselves....in a mostly miserable hut with a chicken and six kilos of potatoes to make it through the winter. These fools who run the government....must help in our mission to bring people back to reality.
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