First get-together and common demonstration in Berlin
Activists from different places in Europa were gathered in Berlin on Friday. 6 March 2015. That afternoon had the majority government in Bundestag voted down the opposition’s proposal. The idea was to make DB stop the cuts of night trains and car-trains until there is provided a solid plan for how Night trains can find a new and improved model.
The case is that DB does not consider the operation of night trains and car-trains is profitable enough. And the government majority does not believe that they can impose DB some special requirements that go beyond the purely commercial. The German government does not subsidize the operation of the IC, ICE, as well as international day and night trains.
Here is the Danish representative from the “Council for sustainable Traffic” Poul Kattler at Copenhagen Central Station before departing early morning with the ICE train to Berlin. With his poster and campaign blouses in bag and backpack.
Sabine Leidig, member of the Bundestag for the party Die Linke speak at the rally at. 14:30 in front of the iconic Reichstag building in Berlin. Sabine tells about what happened in the early afternoon, when the opposition was voted down. Sabine is a strong and enthusiastic support in the fight to preserve international daytime and overnight passenger trains.
Michael Cramer from the German Green, Member of the European Parliament and chairman of the parliament’s environment committee. In his speech he thundered against the devastating fragmentation of European railways.
There were hardly met more than 35 participants who did not seem like much on the huge square in front of the large building. But most important was that the demonstration took place in the right place the right day and that participants were not only local, but also international.
Bernhard Knierim from Bündnis Bahn für Alle was last speaker on the square and urged the crowd to participate in the subsequent meeting inside the parliament building. This meeting brought together 15 participants who began the work to organize the coming campaigns. Among the participants is a core of experienced activists who represent important environmental and pro-rail groups in Europe.