A protest took place near the Swiss National Bank in Bern early on Monday, September 21, as members of several environmental groups gathered to highlight perceived inaction over climate change. Approximately 300 to 400 people took part, with about 40 individuals chaining themselves to objects and to each other in an attempt to prevent their removal by police. A spokesperson for the protesters stated that they would build a camp near the Swiss parliament building to demand net emissions be reduced to zero by 2030.
Similar protests are likely throughout Switzerland over the near term. A heightened security presence and associated disruptions to transportation and business are likely near protest sites.
Those in Bern are advised to monitor the situation, anticipate transportation disruptions, and avoid all protests and demonstrations as a precaution.
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