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WATCH: Swiss police use rubber bullets, teargas and water cannons to disperse Bern protest in opposition to Covid passports

WATCH: Swiss police use rubber bullets, teargas and water cannons to disperse Bern protest against Covid passports

Police in Switzerland’s de facto capital of Bern fortified the parliament constructing and used water cannons, teargas and rubber bullets to forcibly disperse a crowd protesting in opposition to the government-mandated Covid-19 passports.

Thursday’s rally in opposition to the coronavirus measures was formally canceled by organizers and banned by the authorities, however a lot of individuals nonetheless turned up and marched via town, chanting “freedom” and booing the police.

As evening fell, the authorities responded by turning water cannons on the protesters. One journalist captured footage of riot police firing tear fuel grenades as effectively.

A few of the protesters threw objects again on the police, whereas blowing whistles and booing.

Earlier movies and photographs from Bern present crowds gathering at a transit station and chanting “Liberte!” – ‘freedom’ in French, one of many languages utilized in Switzerland. The identical chant has been used within the neighboring France to protest Covid-19 passports.

One other video reveals a crowd peacefully marching down the streets of Bern.

Police had been on excessive alert since morning, nonetheless, erecting a fence barrier across the Bundeshaus, the seat of the Swiss parliament.

Final Thursday, protesters in opposition to the newly carried out Covid-19 passes clashed with police outdoors the parliament constructing. Bern safety director Reto Nause described it as an try and “storm the federal palace,” and the authorities responded by dispersing demonstrators with water cannons and banning future “unauthorized” rallies.

Citing an increase within the variety of coronavirus instances, Switzerland rolled out obligatory Covid-19 passports efficient September 13. The certificates reveals proof of vaccination, restoration or latest unfavourable check outcome, and needs to be offered to enter eating places, bars, gyms or different indoor public areas. The measure is scheduled to run out in January 2022.

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