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Eggs thrown during Hungary minister visit

One person was arrested and a police officer was injured after angry protesters threw eggs during the visit of a Hungarian minister to Zurich, Swiss police said Saturday.

Eggs thrown during Hungary minister visit
Zoltan Balog, Hungarian minister of human resources. Photo: Kormany.hu

Around 30 people interrupted a conference at Zurich University late Friday to protest against Hungarian Minister for Human Resources, Zoltan Balog, local police told the Swiss news agency ATS.

Police intervened when the demonstrators began throwing eggs while the conservative minister was inside giving a lecture entitled "Hungary's Roma — a problem or an opportunity?"

The group that called for the demonstration told ATS that the minister had "shown moderation" in his talk, but stressed that his agenda was characterized by "the singular culture of a police state."

Activists say that Hungary's Roma population, the country's largest but poorest minority, faces open discrimination with anti-Roma rhetoric and violence on the rise.

A fight broke out when police attempted to bring the situation under control, and a police officer was slightly injured, ATS reported.

One person had been arrested for violence and threatening an officer, but had been released following questioning, according to police, who did not immediately respond to AFP's request for comment.

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ZURICH

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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