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Hundreds Protest in Germany Against Ban on Older Diesel Cars


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Sun, 03 Feb 2019 11:22 GMT

German police said around 800 people have demonstrated in the south-western city of Stuttgart Saturday February 2nd, against a new ban on driving older diesel cars.

Stuttgart, a leading German auto industry centre, on January 1st became the first major German city to introduce a large-scale ban on driving older diesel cars with looser emissions standards. The move aims to fight air pollution, but critics said they do not have money to buy new cars, AP reported. 

Nearly half of Saturday's demonstrators wore yellow vests, a reference to anti-government protests in neighbouring France that began with protests against a fuel tax hike. 

Various diesel bans have been introduced or are upcoming in several other German cities. The protests in Stuttgart started three weeks ago.