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Switzerland celebrates National Day

Local News // Aug. 2, 2016
Switzerland celebrates National Day

Members of the Swiss cabinet crossed the country yesterday to mark National Day.

The president, Johann Schneider-Ammann was at a traditional brunch in a farm in Vaud.

He told the crowd the country was proud of its people, highlighted the success in June of the opening of the Gotthard Base tunnel and says the government plans to increase electronic and on-line voting so more Swiss nationals can participate in democracy wherever they are.

In Geneva, organizers are celebrating the success of yesterday's national day party at the Parc des Bastions. Geneva invited Basel City as the guest canton to join in the festivities.

Thousands watched an alp horn demonstration, a Basel brass band and the bonfire and fireworks at the end of the day.

In Basel the major fireworks display was watched by tens of thousands along the Rhine. The police were out in force to reassure people after the recent attacks in France and Germany.

Firefighters were called to one address along the river as a stray rocket landed on a balcony - there was no serious damage.

Paramedics treated 17 people for minor injuries throughout the evening.

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