Hundreds of people carrying torches and Swiss flags passed through a small town in the Zurich region of Switzerland, denouncing the possible introduction of the Covid Health Pass.
The slogan heard in the parade on Tuesday night was “Peace, Freedom, and People First”. Special bell ringers and drummers also appeared at the rally-a common feature of such events in Switzerland in recent months.
The protests were held a few days before the referendum on Sunday, when Switzerland will decide whether the Alpine country needs to introduce Covid passes. The rally on Tuesday passed smoothly, and the protesters stuck to the designated pedestrian area.
Similar demonstrations took place in Zurich and Lausanne last Saturday, with thousands of people taking part. Other protests in the past few months, such as this one, did end in violent clashes with the police.
In Berne, fences have been erected to prevent protesters from entering the government and parliament grounds. The Swiss authorities also had to provide additional security guarantees for some officials, including the country’s health minister, who were reportedly subjected to insults and even death threats.
According to a recent public opinion survey, 61% of the country’s population supports the amendment to enable the authorities to introduce health passes.
Although 65% of the population is fully vaccinated, the number of Covid cases in Switzerland has surged in the past few weeks.
However, the government has not implemented new restrictions across the country so far, saying that the situation varies from region to region. According to them, local authorities will decide whether to implement new restrictions. However, in a statement issued on Wednesday, the Swiss government warned that it is monitoring developments closely as the situation may deteriorate in the coming weeks.
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