• Short Summary

    More than 300 people were hurt when police cashed with thousands of demonstrators at Frankfurt Airport on Sunday (15 November).This followed ten hours of protest over the controversial proposals to extend the airport's runway.The demonstrators had barricaded motorway intersections, blocked the airport entrance and tried to storm the woodland site of the proposed runway.

  • Description

    FRANKFURT, WEST GERMANY (VISNEWS - GUENTHER LAHMANN)
    SV Sign on motorway written by demonstrators
    GV Police approaching and clearing away obstructions (2 shots)

    GV Police approach with water cannon
    GV Demonstrators sitting on roadway with water cannon being used against them (3 shots)
    GV Demonstrators lifted of road by police, and water cannon in action
    SV INTERIOR Demonstrators inside airport building and chanting
    GV Police advancing on demonstrators (2 shots)

    GV Demonstrators being sprayed by water cannon (4 shots)

    GV EXTERIOR Airport building PULL BACK TO protest outside airport building

    Background: More than 300 people were hurt when police cashed with thousands of demonstrators at Frankfurt Airport on Sunday (15 November).This followed ten hours of protest over the controversial proposals to extend the airport's runway.The demonstrators had barricaded motorway intersections, blocked the airport entrance and tried to storm the woodland site of the proposed runway.

    SYNOPSIS: The demonstrators called for the blockade after the state government ignored their ultimatum to stop work on the site.

    The police used a water cannon to disperse the demonstrators, after they had blockaded one of the airport entrances.

    By mid-day, more than a thousand demonstrators had gathered and police were reportedly firing the water cannon into the crowd.In the nearby woods, police had stones, sticks and a molotov cocktail hurled at them.

    Although the demonstrators broke into the airport building, airline officials said they failed to prevent the departure of any scheduled flights.

    There is currently a petition before the courts in Frankfurt which calls on the government to halt work on the runway extensions.

    However, although the demonstrators claim there are more than enough signatures to force the government to hold a referendum on the issue, the government is insisting the petition does not conform to the constitution.

    Frankfurt airport is already the second largest in Europe and handles more than 600 flights a day.
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    Film ID:
    VLVA9RETSAYSPY568ZR3UTXL9KCSO
    Media URN:
    VLVA9RETSAYSPY568ZR3UTXL9KCSO
    Group:
    Reuters - Including Visnews
    Archive:
    Reuters
    Issue Date:
    16/11/1981
    Sound:
    Unknown
    HD Format:
    Available on request
    Stock:
    Colour
    Duration:
    00:01:39:00
    Time in/Out:
    /
    Canister:
    N/A

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