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Weather and security worries keeping people away from Christmas Markets

National News // Dec. 14, 2017

Some traders at Christmas Markets around the country are blaming the increased security measures and fears of a terror attack for lower takings this year.

Pixabay Weather and security worries keeping people away from Christmas Markets

A spokesman for traders in Basel says the sight of concrete bollards and heavily armed police is keeping people away. Takings are down around 30% he says. 

In Bern the traders are more relaxed about the security. The bollards are decorated to make them look like Christmas presents.

In Zurich, it was decided not to use bollards - but there is still a heavy police presence. Even so, numbers visiting the market is down ths year. But Katja Weber from the Christmas market is blaming the poor weather for the lower attendance - not the terror threat.

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