Police officers used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse partygoers in Zurich and Lucerne at the weekend, reports say.

 

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Police fire rubber bullets at Swiss ravers

Police officers used rubber bullets and tear gas to disperse partygoers in Zurich and Lucerne at the weekend, reports say.

 

In Lucerne, residents complained on Friday night about the increasingly loud music from a rave being held in a military barracks, said a report in the Tribune de Genève newspaper.

After negotiations with the party’s organizers to lower the volume failed, about 120 participants clashed with the officers. Several police vehicles were damaged in the commotion, said the paper.

On Saturday night, police in Zurich seized musical equipment and attempted to evacuate revellers from an illegal party under a bridge. As the tension grew, the officers used rubber bullets and tear gas to fend off the crowd, the paper said.

Some 80 partygoers responded by hurling stones and glass bottles at the officers. There were no reports of injuries, according to the paper.

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Swiss rail to close ticket counters in Zurich, Bern, Vaud, Ticino and Zug

Switzerland’s Federal Railways (SBB) will be removing the ticket counter from nine stations in the cantons of Zurich, Vaud, Bern, Zug and Ticino

Swiss rail to close ticket counters in Zurich, Bern, Vaud, Ticino and Zug

The SBB made the announcement on Wednesday, saying the decision was made due to a lack of demand. 

Instead, commuters will need to buy tickets from automated machines. 

In the canton of Zurich, the ticket stations in Dietlikon, Hinwil, Kloten, Männedorf and Oberwinterthur will be closed. 

In neighbouring Zug, Cham’s ticket counter will be closed, while the Herzogenbuchsee station in Bern will also go fully automated. 

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In Latin Switzerland, Pully in Vaud and Biasca in Ticino will see their ticket counters closed. 

The SBB told Swiss news outlet Watson that approximately 95 percent of ticket sales are now made via self-service machines or online. 

The advent of navigation apps has meant the need for personal advice on directions and travel has fallen, particularly in smaller areas or stations with lower traffic. 

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