Crowds Fault Police Actions in Stuttgart – NYTimes.com

Posted: October 2, 2010 in Uncategorized

BERLIN — Tens of thousands of protesters flooded the streets of Stuttgart in southwestern Germany on Friday chanting “Shame on you,” one day after the police used pepper spray, water cannons and tear gas to disperse crowds that had gathered to save centuries-old trees from being cut down, German news agencies reported.

A confrontation between the police and protesters on Thursday that left about 130 demonstrators injured was the most heated flare-up in a months-old dispute between the government and local residents who oppose plans to build a modern transportation hub, called Stuttgart 21, that will eventually be linked to Europe’s high-speed rail system.

Newspapers across the country on Friday were filled with pictures of German police officers in riot gear and bloodied and wounded demonstrators, young and old. The incident, already a major political embarrassment to Chancellor Angela Merkel, has persuaded the opposition Green Party to call for national protests.

merkel is not a nice mama.

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