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This article is about one of the most current political matter that we have in Germany these weeks: The railway project Stuttgart 21.
The project is about building a new underground main station and new rail tracks in Stuttgart to make train service more efficient. Therefore a part of the park has to be deformed and about 300 trees have to be chopped down.
The project was planned for 15 years and since some months it is legitimized by the state and by law. The construction works have begun. But at the same time a protest movement appeared. So since weeks there are a lot of demonstrations against Stuttgart 21. The protesters complain about the unmanageable costs, the long construction time (about 15 years!) and ecological matters.
Some weeks ago, the government announced, that the first trees in the park could be chopped down on October 1st. So on September 30th police came to the park with about 1.000 people, water cannons and horses. At the same time a demonstration of school kids took place in the park. Through internet and other media, people saw that the police was there with a massive contingent and went there as well. The situation escalated when the police tried to clear certain areas for the construction workers.
After some hours I also had the chance to go there. This is what I could capture on camera:
No matter if you are for or against the project: This musn´t happen!!! Over 300 people were injured. Some of them seriously.
After this day, the situation got even worse. Now the politicians try to calm down the situation and talk to each other to find solutions to deescalate the whole topic. I hope they will find a way to do so!