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GA English on Sunday: News in Brief from Bonn and the region

GA English on Sunday : News in Brief from Bonn and the region

Police deal with protestor clashes at Bonn train station, RE8 and RB27 train lines disrupted this weekend, poster campaign launched for Beethoven anniversary and tree planting initiative in the Kottenforst - here is our news in brief on Sunday.

Protestors clash at Bonn central station

The police were out in force at Bonn Central Station on Saturday night when right and left-wing protestors clashed after returning from demonstrations in Remagen. The area around the station was closed, affecting not only train but also bus and tram travel. Right-wing extremists had gathered in Remagen for their so-called "Trauermarsch” (funeral march) while left-wing demonstrators had also travelled to Remagen for a counter demonstration. Following the altercations at the train station, police officers wearing helmets and protective clothing were deployed with dogs. Several arrests were made. Trains were delayed or cancelled for over an hour.

(Original text: GA)

RE8 and RB27 train lines cancelled until 19 November

Deutsche Bahn is carrying out work on railway overpasses on weekends in November as part of the three to four-track extension of the S13 line. In addition, work will be carried out on the track, overhead line, points and vegetation along the line. From noon on 16 November until 3pm on 19 November work will be carried out between Troisdorf and Bonn and the line will be closed. Bus replacement services will be provided.

(Original text: Richard Bongartz)

Poster campaign for Beethoven anniversary

Posters have gone up in the city promoting the 250th anniversary of Beethoven’s birth in 2020 as an event for the whole city. Celebrations for the great composer begin on 16 December this year and everyone is encouraged to join in. The posters feature Dirk Kaftan, Musical Director of the Beethoven Orchestra, together with Mayor Ashok Sridharan in the middle of a group of people from Bonn. "The city and tourism marketing campaign wants to make this event visible and to invite as many business people and companies as possible to participate," explains Sridharan. The press office is leading the poster campaign for the anniversary celebrations with the slogan "Bonn ist Beethoven. Weil..." ("Bonn is Beethoven, because...") under the direction of the Beethoven-Jubiläums-GmbH.

(Original text: spj)

Local tree planting initiative

At the beginning of December local residents will have the chance to support the “Zukunftswald” (Future Forest) campaign and help to protect the Kottenforst from the effects of climate change. Thousands of young trees have been bought for the large-scale planting project. On Saturday, 7 December from 11 am to 3 pm young red beeches, sessile oaks and bird cherries will be planted in the Kottenforst. Forest rangers will guide the planting teams and show them how to plant a young tree correctly in the forest soil. In good weather, the aim is to plant 1000 young trees - all three years old and up to 1.30 m high. Anyone wishing to participate must register at Rhein-Sieg-Erft@wald-und-holz.nrw.de and should bring a spade, gloves and sturdy shoes. Further dates are to be planned up to the end of March 2020.

(Original text: Holger Willke)

(Translations: Caroline Kusch)