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Groups Call on Germans to Leave Cars at Home

June 13, 1996

BONN, Germany (AP) _ Environmentalist, union and church leaders are asking Germans to leave their cars at home on Sunday, to sample life without wheels.

The head of the German Federation for Environmental Protection, Angelika Zahrnt, said the day should be ``a sort of trial lesson in auto-free mobility.″

Pastor Klaus Breyer of the Evangelical Church noted that car accidents kill 8,000 people and injure another 500,000 every year in Germany. ``The automobile society is basically murderous,″ he said.

More than 200 cities have events planned, mostly in southern Germany, said Thomas Pettinger of Mobile without Autos. That includes 30,000 people expected at a bike rally in Munich.

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