Germany: Protest against Stuttgart 21 railway project held on 10th anniv. of violent clashes

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Hundreds of opponents of the Stuttgart 21 railway project protested in the city on Wednesday, marking the 10th anniversary of the so-called Black Thursday, when more than 150 of protesters were injured by police who used water cannons, batons, and pepper spray to disperse the crowds.

Participants of the rally marched through Stuttgart’s city centre and towards the main railway station, carrying banners and posters with photos of alleged victims of police brutality.

Ten years ago on September 30th, Stuttgart police used excessive force by beating up activists with batons and pepper-spraying them as well as deploying water cannons to disperse the crowd.

According to the Ministry of the Interior, more than 160 people were injured during the 2010 protests. According to activists, the number could be up to 1000.

In November 2015, the Stuttgart Administrative Court ruled that the actions of the police had been illegal.

Stuttgart 21 is the railway project, part of the Stuttgart-Augsburg upgraded railway which caused protests mostly due to its costs and possible destruction of the historical buildings and sites. The project is expected to be finished by 2025.

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