Several hundred people took to the streets in Bern, Zurich, Basel and St. Gallen for fundamental rights.
Bern: Several hundred people have demonstrated in the capital against the corona measures. They demanded “more personal responsibility”. Because many older people, families and children were among the participants, the police decided not to use force.
The police cordoned off the federal square early on. The people therefore stayed on the edge of the square and on the neighboring Bärenplatz, reports SRF reporter Matthias von Wartburg. Individuals have been taken away by the police. The cantonal police used loudspeaker announcements several times to request the demo participants to dissolve the meeting. Nonetheless, hundreds of demonstrators remained in the Bear Square for several hours.
Did the police react too slowly? No, Berns security director Reto Nause told Radio SRF: «There were many older people and children in strollers among the demonstrators. We have shown several people. » After 5 p.m. the rally slowly dissolved.
Zurich: Over a hundred people gathered on Sechseläutenplatz on Saturday afternoon and demonstrated against the lockdown. The police deployed with several patrol cars.
A corresponding operation is running on Sechseläutenplatz near Bellevue, a spokesman for the Zurich city police said on request. Accumulations of more than five people are currently not permitted under the Federal Council’s Covid 19 Ordinance.
An estimated one hundred to two hundred people gathered at Sechseläutenplatz. Among other things, they called for the emergency measures to be lifted.
Basel: Around a hundred people also gathered on the Rhine knee on the market square to draw attention to fundamental rights during the Corona crisis. The participants divided themselves into small groups on the market place and kept the minimum distance. The police did not intervene. At around 3:15 p.m., the assembly dissolved.
The Basel police were aware of the action, as the media spokesman for the Basel Justice and Security Department said on request. “When we arrived on site to seek discussion with the participants and to make them aware that this would not work, the meeting dissolved again,” said the spokesman.
St. Gallen: In the morning, the St. Gallen city police had already dissolved an action by around 80 people against the Federal Council’s measures to combat the coronavirus. The demonstrators have violated the Covid 19 regulation, which prohibits meetings and provides for a two-meter distance, according to a police report.
Apart from that, the action would have had to be approved. The dissolution of the demonstration went peacefully. Because they “showed no insight”, the police recorded the personal details of around a dozen people. You would have to expect a report for violating the Covid 19 regulation and the obligation to obtain a permit.