Place: Stuttgart, Germany
Type/ Subject/ Tags: Urban project, protest
Stuttgart 21 is a new railway and urban development project in this southwestern German city which costs around billions of euros. The construction process has started at 2010.
This project is critisized a lot because of the relative costs and benefits, geological and environmental concerns, as well as performance issues. There are thousands of peoples who protests this movement against humanity and nature.
“How much could be done with this money, if it were be invested in providing jobs and services, by improving schools, nurseries, hospitals, public transport etc., instead of destroying what is already one of the most efficient railway stations in Germany?”
“The battle over the rebuilding of the central train station in Stuttgart, Germany, has escalated massively. Angela Merkel has pushed strongly for the project this week, and the harsh response by police to protesters could come back to haunt both the chancellor and her party.”
“More than 100 people were injured when their attempts to protect trees marked for felling for the €4.1bn project was broken up by police with water cannon and teargas in south-western Germany”
It reminds also the ‘Gezi Parkı’ protests in Istanbul in 2013 which is against to the eviction of an urban park to reconstruct a building complex which is handled by government without any reconstruction permit.