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Over 10,000 people demonstrate against racism in Zurich

07:01 15 June 2020 Author :  

Over 10,000 people demonstrate against racism in Zurich

Demonstrators took to the streets of several Swiss cities on Saturday to protest against racism, the news agency Keystone-SDA reported.

In Zurich alone, more than 10,000 people demonstrated Keystone-SDA reported, citing city police.

The mostly young protestors held up signs with slogans taken from anti-racism and anti-police brutality rallies in the U.S. including "White silence is violence" and "Black lives matter."

Protestors also met in the capital Bern, Lausanne, and in St. Gallen.

Zurich police had repeatedly asked people not to demonstrate because it was prohibited under coronavirus-prevention laws.

At the same time, officers reportedly expressed their understanding for the protesters' concerns.

Protests against police violence and racism have erupted around the world since the death of George Floyd in the U.S. city of Minneapolis at the end of May.

Floyd, a 46-year-old African American, died last month when a white Minneapolis police officer planted a knee on his neck for nearly nine minutes.

During the demonstration in Zurich, people knelt down several times to commemorate the brutal incident.

Rioting against the police later occurred on the fringes of the demonstration. Police officers had objects thrown at them and several people were then arrested, Zurich police wrote on Twitter.

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