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New protests erupt over Stuttgart 21 rail project

The Local · 8 Feb 2011, 09:52

Published: 08 Feb 2011 08:03 GMT+01:00
Updated: 08 Feb 2011 09:52 GMT+01:00

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More than 1,000 demonstrators came out in the early hours of the morning to protest the continuation of construction work on the controversial revamp of Stuttgart's main train station. According to police, around 50 people tried to stop the machines that would be used to transplant the trees.

Police repeatedly broke up groups of demonstrators who had sat in front of the equipment or tried to tear down barriers. According to Matthias von Herrmann, the spokesman for a group opposed to the project, officers used nightsticks.

"Those responsible for Stuttgart 21 have still not understood our criticism of their project," said Herrmann in a statement. "We shall continue to resist the building operations and protest against them, just as we have over the past weeks and months."

Some 32,000 members of the Parkschützer group were notified by e-mail or text message at 3:34 am on Tuesday. The group, whose name translates as "park guards," oppose moving the trees, saying they play an important role in filtering automobile emissions from a busy intersection.

Over the next few days, 16 trees in all are to be transplanted to other locations in Stuttgart in preparation for the construction of an underground building associated with the multi-billion-euro rail project.

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09:14 February 8, 2011 by Landmine
Stay home protesters, you already lost....
09:19 February 8, 2011 by freechoice
time to bring in the jet powered water cannons!

15:16 February 8, 2011 by finanzdoktor
Well, at least they are transplanting them. Was dismayed when I drove past a development here in the U.S., where the trees were cut down and burned.

Cannot help but wonder if the protesters will keep fighting, and then use the Stuttgart 21 station after it is built? When reality sets in and they have to use it or else.
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