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Protests step up against Stuttgart railway project

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Protests step up against Stuttgart railway project


What started off as a protest against plans to knock down Stuttgart’s landmark train station is increasingly turning nasty.

German police used water cannon to disperse a crowd of more than a thousand people in the latest demonstration.

With demolition work about to begin, critics of the four billion euro project in the southwestern city say it’s a waste of taxpayer’s money and will destroyed a popular park.

Now, the protest has turned into a larger show of dissatisfaction with the government.

Chancellor Angela Merkel has even weighed in, admitting the demonstrations could be a decisive factor in regional elections next year, with her party facing an uphill struggle to hold on to power in the state.

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