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IN PICTURES: Powerful images from anti-racism protests across Switzerland

Protesters in Geneva and Lausanne took to the streets in a series of anti-racism demonstrations prompted by the death of US man George Floyd.

IN PICTURES: Powerful images from anti-racism protests across Switzerland
Protesters at a rally in Geneva. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

Anti-racism protests have taken place across Switzerland. On Tuesday, June 9th, more than 10,000 attended a demonstration in Geneva, while several thousand attended a rally on Sunday in Lausanne. 

People take part in a rally on June 7, 2020 in Lausanne against racism and police brutality in the wake of the death of George Floyd and in memory of 40 year-old Nigerian Mike Ben Peter died in similar circumstances after a police control in Lausanne in 2018. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

People hold signs at a protest in Lausanne, Switzerland. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

People take part in a rally on June 9th in Geneva, Switzerland. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

Protesters in Geneva at a Black Lives Matter rally. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

Protesters hold signs at a rally in Lausanne. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

A girl at an anti-racism rally in Lausanne, Switzerland. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

Protesters hold a banner in Geneva at a rally on June 9th, 2020. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

A woman in a face mask which says 'I can't breathe' at a protest in Lausanne, Switzerland on June 7th, 2020. Photo: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

 

A banner at a rally in Geneva which says in French “we don't want a racist world anymore”. Image: FABRICE COFFRINI / AFP

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POLICE

Swiss police clear months-long quarry protest

Swiss police on Tuesday swooped down on environmental protesters who have been occupying a quarry owned by Franco-Swiss cement giant LafargeHolcim for months to protest against its plans to expand the site.

Swiss police clear months-long quarry protest
Photo: Fabrice COFFRINI / AFP

A large contingent of police, many in riot gear, descended on the Mormont site in La Sarraz in the western canton of Vaud early Tuesday, asking the some 200 activists to leave or be removed by force.

The activists set up camp at the site in October, warning of the environmental and ecological consequences of Lafarge-Holcim’s plans to expand the quarry.

The company and the La Sarraz municipality had filed legal petitions to remove the activists, and the police operation came after the protesters’ legal appeals were rejected.

The move to clear the outer limits of the camp went off peacefully, but as the officers went towards a farmhouse at the centre, some protesters threw rocks and threw fireworks, an AFP photographer said.

“It is a high-anxiety situation. But we want to stick it out as long as possible,” one of the demonstrators told the ATS-Keystone news agency shortly before being evacuated by police.

The regional police said one police officer had been slightly wounded but none of the activists were injured.

By evening, police had detained 29 people, 12 of whom were taken into custody in nearby Lausanne.

A number of the activists remained up in trees or on the farmhouse roof, singing and shouting slogans against LafargeHolcim.

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