IN PICTURES: Inside Switzerland’s anti-coronavirus lockdown protests

Protesters gathered in the Swiss capital Bern to show their displeasure with the coronavirus lockdown.

Protesters from across Switzerland gathered in Bern on May 16th to demonstrate against the country's coronavirus lockdown measures. 

Despite the measures being relaxed significantly in recent weeks protest numbers have been rising. 

Read: Bern police hand out four-week bans to coronavirus lockdown protesters 

Some protesters were given four-week bans from taking part in demonstrations as a result of attending the demonstrations. 

Due to the coronavirus restrictions, gatherings of more than five people are banned – with no exception for demonstrations. 

The rules are expected to be further relaxed on June 8th, with confirmation to come in a meeting of the federal government on May 27th. 

A woman taking part to an anti-coronavirus lockdown demonstration stands next to people seating on a table in Bern. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

Protesters are arrested by police officers wearing protective face masks at an anti-coronavirus lockdown demonstration in Bern. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

A police officer removes a sign saying 'a dictatorship is not solidarity' at a protest in Bern. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

A woman takes part to an anti-coronavirus lockdown demonstration next to the Swiss House of Parliament in Bern with a sign saying “coronavirus false alarm”. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

 

A man wearing a t-shirt with the Swiss flag is arrested by police officers wearing protective face mask at an anti-coronavirus lockdown demonstration in Bern. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

A man is arrested by police officers wearing protective face masks at an anti-coronavirus lockdown demonstration in Bern. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP


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