Thousands of demonstrators once again marched in several Swiss cities to protest the anti-Covid measures, but Bern, the capital, hosted a counter-demonstration.
Thousands of Swiss took to the streets on October 16 to protest against anti-Covid measures. The rallies went smoothly, according to AFP.
The main parade brought together some 3,000 people in Rapperswil-Jona in the canton of St. Gallen in eastern Switzerland, ATS-Keystone reports, citing police figures.
Parades were also held in Lausanne in French-speaking Switzerland, in Lugano in Italian Switzerland or in Baden, in the canton of Aargau, in German-speaking Switzerland.
“[Alain] Berset [ministre fédéral de la Santé], your pass, we don’t want it ”or“ Freedom ”chanted the demonstrators, without a mask, between two whistles in Lausanne on the shores of Lake Geneva. In Lugano, at the call of the association of “Friends of the Constitution”, the opponents were about 400.
Entitled “Homo pandemicus, quo vadis” [Homme pandémique, où vas-tu], the demonstration was also intended to say no to the Covid 19 law, which is submitted to a popular vote on November 28. In the federal capital, in Bern, some 300 people marched under the slogan “Solidaires to get out of the crisis – united against the right”, in a counter-demonstration.
This left group was also intended as a signal to the protesters, who try to demonstrate every Thursday not far from the Federal Parliament, mobilizing week after week important police forces.
At the beginning of September, faced with a difficult health situation due to the Delta variant and an insufficient vaccination rate, the Federal Council decided to greatly extend the obligation of health pass.
You have to show your Covid certificate – which you get either by getting vaccinated or by performing tests shortly before you use it – to enter a restaurant or a bar, but also to see an exhibition, an indoor movie or sporting event.
On October 13, Alain Berset announced a vaccine offensive to try to convince the undecided, because according to him, the vaccine is “our way out of the crisis”. However, a million people still need to be vaccinated before all measures can be lifted, said the Federal Minister of Health. Switzerland is currently a poor student in Europe. The full vaccination rate was only 61.52% on October 15.