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22 Sep 2020 | 04:22 PM UTC

Switzerland: Environmental protests continue in Bern September 22 /update 1

Switzerland News Alert

Environmental protests continue for second consecutive day in Bern on September 22

TIMEFRAME expected from 9/22/2020, 12:00 AM until 9/24/2020, 11:59 PM (Europe/Zurich). COUNTRY/REGION Bern

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Event

Climate change protesters who made camp on the Bundesplatz as part of protests across the city on Monday, September 21, remained in the square on Tuesday, September 22, partially making way for local market vendors. City authorities had demanded the demonstrators vacate the space by Tuesday lunchtime, but some of the participants remained unmoved. Security forces have thus far not taken any action against those who've remained, but reportedly deployed water cannon and tear gas to disperse demonstrators at Waisenhausplatz who were attempting to join the group in Bundesplatz. Protests were also reported at the Zytglogge and on the Kornhausbrücke bridge. Some of the protesters have chained themselves together and to objects.

A heavy police presence has been reported in the vicinity of the protests and there have also been reports of disruptions to overland transport, including to public bus routes. Some of the protests are ongoing as of Tuesday night and clashes between security forces and demonstrators cannot be ruled out in the coming hours.

Advice

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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