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23 Jan 2020 | 07:12 AM UTC

Switzerland: Protesters clash with police in Zurich January 22

Protesters clash with police forces in Zurich amid ongoing World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos January 22; similar protests possible in the coming days

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Event

Police forces reportedly used tear gas, water cannons, and rubber bullets to disperse protesters in Zurich on Wednesday, January 22, which were protesting the city hosting the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos. Further related protests are possible in the coming days as the WEF should end on Friday, January 24.

Increased security measures, including an additional police presence, checkpoints, and road closures, are also expected around all venue sites. Further clashes between protesters and police forces cannot be ruled.

Context

The World Economic Forum (WEF) takes place in Davos every January. The forum draws international economists, politicians, and media representatives to discuss solutions to global issues such as international trade restrictions, conflicts, and the environment.

Advice

Individuals in Switzerland are advised to follow all instructions as issued by local authorities, to anticipate increased travel times due to enhanced security measures, and to avoid all demonstrations as a precaution.