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Nine police injured in Stuttgart 21 clash

The Local · 21 Jun 2011, 09:37

Published: 21 Jun 2011 09:37 GMT+02:00

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Eight officers suffered blast injuries when “TNT-bangers” – homemade firecrackers – were detonated near a police cordon. A ninth officer suffered unspecified injuries while trying to control the protests. Several demonstrators were arrested.

The site itself had “considerable damage,” after the attack, according to a police spokesman. The protesters had torn down a fence, let the air out of construction vehicle tyres and covered them with anti-Stuttgart-21 stickers, among other actions.

Around 400 protesters had gathered at the site Monday night, although they dispersed in the early hours. A group of protesters later attempted to block the entrance to the construction site but they left when ordered to do so by police.

It wasn’t immediately clear how many people had attacked the officers although police said several protesters had been arrested.

The incident followed a day of peaceful demonstrations, during which around 3,000 people rallied against the project.

Politicians called on protesters to refrain from violence.

“Violence will not hurt Stuttgart 21, but the protests against it,” said Winfried Hermann, the minister for transport in the state of Baden-Württemberg.

Stuttgart 21 consists of a massive construction effort, involving rebuilding the city’s main train station underground and turning it around 90 degrees, as well as laying 57 kilometres of new tracks. The aim is to make the city a major European rail hub.

But opponents mounted massive protests against the project last year, calling it too expensive and unnecessary. In October, more than 100 demonstrators were injured in a violent clash with police.

The demonstration was followed by lengthy talks between state officials, national rail provider Deutsche Bahn and Stuttgart 21 opponents. But officials ultimately decided to go ahead with the project after making a few minor changes to plans.

Some believed the state’s new left-leaning government would more strongly challenge the project because the Greens opposed it before the the election, but they have so far failed to do so.

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But state leaders have promised citizens will have the opportunity to vote on the future of the project, probably in the autumn.

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Your comments about this article

10:33 June 21, 2011 by Louis Prince
I realise the importance of environmental and cultural protection, but infrastructure needs to be modernised. Most people will do anything to have the oppertunity in hosting a Major European train station. If they injure police, treat them like terrorists.
10:39 June 21, 2011 by moistvelvet
Deflated tyres and stickers on vehicles, someone needs to renew their perspective on what "considerable damage" is. This article does make the German polizei appear to be a bunch of wimps.
11:11 June 21, 2011 by lovemymac&cheez
Does anyone realize that the opponents are only:

-Oma, who will not see the station in 10 years, and who got bored of the nordic walking and needs something to spend the pension on

-Hippie Green Joe, who will always be a radicalized pot-smoking-dumbass who can be dragged by the nose by whatever idiotic cause

-Opa, who continues to suck blood out of the system monthly, but doesnt care about infrastructure for the grandchildren

-Desperate housewife, who feels sorry for Oma's lifetime cause, and whos got nothing better to do than to stand in front of a street blocking the street where the working people drive

Come on, isnt it time to open your hearts and stop blocking progress?
11:13 June 21, 2011 by mirzanr
It's not about just environment and culture. Stuttgart will become a 'major European rail hub'. People from all over the Europe would benefit from it, especially the business class. But the cost of project will only be borne by the locals (Germans), not to mention the damage to local environment and culture. That's why they call the project 'too expensive and unnecessary'.
11:44 June 21, 2011 by auniquecorn
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11:51 June 21, 2011 by ChrisRea
@mirzanr (#4)

What is the damage to the local culture? What do you mean by Europeans benefiting from it while the costs being born only by Germans? Will the rail tickets be subsidized by Germans? One would think that the project will bring more taxes to the German authorities that made the investment. And that travelers would buy products and services delivered by the local economy, thus increasing the well-being of the locals.
13:15 June 21, 2011 by JDee
usual range of ignorant responses here, if you don't know anything about S21 then please don't pretend that you do and write nonsense

I could write a hundred facts here but the information is out there for those who are willing to look


1 ) if S21 is completed it won't improve the rail infrastructure or even give a quicker connection between Paris and Vienna, because they already existing route via Nurenberg will still be quicker..

2 ) S21 is a retail and office space developmetn, subsidised by the tax payer, that is all that it brings, in order to release land for this they need to move the train station and bury it underground and this will DECREASE the capacity of the station and introduce new bottlenecks in the region, particularly it will damage local rail connections which are used by commuting workers from the outlying town around Stuttgart

I'm sure 'The Schlitung' must be available to watch somewhere ( youtube? ) If you understand German I would advise you to watch it, if you can't be bothered then shut up
14:06 June 21, 2011 by auniquecorn
JDee is that you in the picture on the left in the red jacket?
14:27 June 21, 2011 by JDee
: ) I wasn't criticising anyone having a laugh about it! I just don't get why people write complete rubbish, this things has been going on for years and there are some many facts... it always seems like the protestors talk about the project and supporters of the project talk about the protestors...p.s. I meant to say 'PLEASE shut up!'
23:17 June 21, 2011 by finanzdoktor
@JDee: Almost sounds like you are saying that we should not have a say in the matter, even if we are making plans to visit and be a paying customer. Okay, I will eliminate Stuttgart altogether from my plans, and visit elsewhere.
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