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A tense calm before the protest march to the Tesla factory in Gruenheide

A tense calm before the protest march to the Tesla factory in Gruenheide

German police are preparing for more protests against the American electric car company Tesla near the factory in Gruenheide near Berlin today. A police spokesman said: “We are aware.” The Citizens' Alliance plans to hold a protest march from the Fangschleuse train station to the Tesla factory this afternoon.

According to police, the Freinbrink intersection on Interstate 10 was closed in both directions. Police advised people to avoid the area as much as possible. The spokesman said that the situation at night and this morning was calm.

Yesterday there was a disturbance at the edge of the Tesla factory site. A number of activists tried to enter the area, but the police stopped them and used pepper spray and batons. According to police, a number of participants and 21 emergency services personnel were injured, and 16 people were initially detained. The police are still on duty in large force.

Tesla didn't produce anything yesterday – but according to a spokeswoman, it had to do with the bridge the day after the Ascension Day holiday. The factory is the only one owned by company president Elon Musk in Europe. The protests of several groups, which have been ongoing since Wednesday, are expected to continue until tomorrow. They are directed against Tesla's planned expansion to build a charging station and against the production of electric cars in general.

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