Some people "jostled" the police.
So the police brutalized them.
That's their job......?
Water cannons turned on Stuttgart 21 protestors
Blocking the way and jostling police? Sounds like an ordinary protest.... which is now a justification for indiscriminate brutality?A police spokesman said the officers tried to form a defensive line to ensure the passage of the construction workers. But hundreds of people blocked the way, some of whom also jostled police.
We thought the job of the police is to ensure public safety.The police then formed a large force of manpower to clear the way, which included water cannons and mounted officers...Baden-Württemberg Interior Minister Heribert Rech said federal police as well as officers from Bavaria, Rhineland-Palatinate, Hesse and North Rhine-Westphalia were helping his own state’s police with the operation.
It was the job of the police to ensure that this legal, approved building project could go ahead, he said. “We are fulfilling that (job) – no ifs, no buts,” he said.
The police were aiming for a de-escalation of the situation. But criminal acts or blockades were be dealt with firmly, he said.
...The Police Union issued a statement appealing to protestors not to take their anger with the project out on police.
The police, however, are encouraged to take their anger out on the protestors?
The police did not waste any time escalating their violence against the protesters, which included many students and retired people.
The police are not apologetic. They acted appropriately. They were appalled at the aggression of the protesters. The police are the victims. These images "cannot be allowed to repeat themselves." These *images* are the problem.
The police have defended their actions. Rainer Wendt, who is the head of one of Germany's main police unions, told the news station N-tv that the police operation had been "not only legal but completely appropriate." He admitted that the pictures in the media "weren't pretty," but added: "That's not the police's job. Its job is to carry out its legal duty."
At a press conference Friday, Baden-Württemberg Governor Stefan Mappus defended the police's actions, saying "I stand behind our officers." He stressed the importance of the Stuttgart 21 project and called for a de-escalation in the conflict. "The images from yesterday cannot be allowed to repeat themselves," he said.
Rech, the Baden-Württemberg interior minister, also defended the police operation, saying that officers had been appalled by the aggression with which they were confronted.
“A growing number of people are extremely intolerant and spoiled by their own prosperity,” Goll complained to the Financial Times Deutschland, referring to the fierce opposition against the €4-billion plans to revamp Stuttgart’s main train station. “Nobody thinks about the coming generations, instead the focus is on avoiding something that is irksome to oneself,” he said.
What would Mr. Goll know about privilege and prosperity? Goll is a lawyer and a professor. He has a nice government job. He thinks the German people should surrender their weapons, but he would prefer to keep his own. (wikipedia)
An avid shooter, maybe he will take one of his two Harley Davidson motorcycles or his BMW to hang out with the Stuttgart police and they can grouse about those spoiled Germans. "I like to go there, it is completely relaxing." (Justice minister shoots out 'joke and romp')
"Early in his career, he arranged to meet at least with the right winger Jörg Haider Carinthia to a motorcycle ride in the Alps." (Justice minister shoots out 'joke and romp') Too bad he can't hang out with Haider anymore.
perhaps as a result of that strange hole in the roof?
Did the protesters behave unreasonably?
- The project will cost at least 7 billion euros.
- The project will not deliver the benefits touted for the local people paying for it.
- There are many conflicts of interests between the politicians and the various construction companies and other bodies that would benefit from the project.
- The project will take 20 years to complete and turn the center of the city into a construction zone.
They had come out in force because they had read the information and made a rational estimation that the gigantic sums of their tax payer money would be better allocated to other objectives, especially at a time when support for schools and hospitals and other essential services is being slashed to the bone....
One thousand school-children had come to the park on Thursday and their demonstration had been officially approved. So when the police showed up en masse with water canon trucks and equipment to start sawing down ancient trees in the Schlosspark, they saw no reason to move.
And look what happened.
On October 2 the fascist Geert Wilders gave a speech in Berlin titled Islam: The Communism of Today. There are around three million Muslims in Germany, approximately three percent of the population.
The vast majority of them are from Turkey. People like Wilders think that radical Islam will destroy The West.
Geert Wilders, is a Dutch politician, and possibly a CIA-Mossad asset. Wilders' Party for Freedom is the second largest Dutch party in the European parliament. Wilders is a strong supporter of Israel and has criticised countries he sees as enemies of Israel.
Wilders supports implementing Israel's administrative detention in the Netherlands, a practice heavily criticized by human rights groups. Wilders believes that he has Jewish ancestry.
The Dutch newspaper Telegraaf reported in May 2007 that Geert Wilders had been accompanied by the Dutch General Intelligence and Security Service for years. During that time, Wilders had been regularly meeting officials at the Israeli Embassy in The Hague.
It's possible that a tiny slice of the population can do tremendous damage. We have seen that sort of thing before. But it requires tremendous organization and political power. We don't see Muslims having such power. We don't think Muslims are the problem. Are those police officers and their political supporters Muslims? No. We think people like Geert Wilders and Ulrich Goll, and their rich friends in power throughout the world, are the problem.