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Protesters mount diggers in bid to save trees

The Local · 22 Jan 2012, 12:23

Published: 22 Jan 2012 12:23 GMT+01:00

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On Saturday, rally organisers said some 4,000 people gathered to protest the station's construction, while police estimated the number of demonstrators at 1,200.

About 40 protesters tried to block teams from clearing the trees, but a police spokesman said officers were able to disperse the crowd. The work was completed by 6 a.m. on Sunday but had to be stopped twice when two demonstrators climbed on top of demolition equipment.

A spokesperson for Parkschützer, an initiative that aims to preserve the park, criticised the action, saying the trees should not have been taken down due to wind and poor visibility.

Matthias von Herrmann of Parkschützer took aim at the state government in Baden-Württemberg.

"It is a travesty when (state) premier Kretschmann continues to preach about how the government has to adhere to the law, but then police are out at a construction site without a building permit," he said.

The multi-billion-euro project aims to transform the Baden-Württemberg capital into a major European transport hub. The station has sparked a wave of protests.

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Deutsche Bahn wants to replace Stuttgart's existing train station with an underground one that it says would greatly improve links between Paris, Vienna and ultimately Budapest.

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18:02 January 22, 2012 by pepsionice
Yep, after playing all the delay games....getting the election fixed up to bring in 'green' leadership....then having a city-wide election to say full-speed ahead with the planned deal any way....the protest crowd just can't handle the fact that the future goes against their agenda. Kind of says alot about the protest folks.
06:42 January 23, 2012 by John Whitehurst
Correct after all the put in place delays by the Green's and Libera'sl in this. It shows that the majorty Vote by the people means nothing to these people delaying this project. Not funny that a hand full of opposers are costing the state millions in cost to control the site and fight delays. No permit mentioned,,, but the permit was in place. Questiomn did the protesters have a permit??? this I question. We see again that Liberal's and only they know know what is best for the rest of the stupid population. History is full of these types but most were emporor's, kings, popes, and ( dictators) all hiding under the guise of what is best for the people...; it dosen't seem to stop.. History also shows waht happens when these types come to power, with their know it all what is best attitude...... I want mention names; look them up if you don't know.. Again the Minorty wants to control the majorty...... but of course for the good of all!!!!

08:07 January 23, 2012 by delvek
If it were up to the lefties/greenies we would be living in the dark ages. Get these knobs out of the way ... PROGRESS!!!
11:53 January 24, 2012 by JDee
1932 2012

08:01 January 25, 2012 by McM
Disgusting. I hope the diggers are all OK after such a brutal sexual attack.!!!

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