The unauthorized protest saw around 500 critics of the government’s Covid-19 restrictions gather for a weekly demonstration, as activists continue to reject the coronavirus health pass that has been in place since September 13.
Bern: Die @PoliceBern nimmt in der Bundesgasse einen mutmasslichen Teilnehmer der unbewilligten Demo gegen die Corona-Massnahmen fest. #CoronaInfoCH pic.twitter.com/xnGQrOT05p
— LIVE1 (@LIVE1TV) October 7, 2021
In harrowing footage of the protests shared online, police could be seen punching a prone demonstrator while apparently arresting him. Other videos showed the scale of the operation dispatched to break up the crowd, including those who had ignored a security perimeter around the parliament building. The riot police deployed a water cannon, rubber bullets and tear gas on the assembled crowd.
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