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Editorial concludes protests have no effect

National News // Dec. 2, 2019

There are more and more demonstrations in Switzerland and questions are being raised if they achieve anything – while some local businesses are suffering.

Pixabay Editorial concludes protests have no effect

Friday saw tens of thousands take to the streets as part of the climate strike movement. They were calling for Black Friday to be Green Friday as part of a wider anti-consumerism movement.

There were marches in Basel, Bern and Lausanne – with the biggest gathering in Zurich.

Shortly after that march in Zurich, there was another by cyclists calling for more traffic free days. Then on Saturday, Tibetans marched demanding the release of monks in their homeland.

An editorial in the SonntagsZeitung says many city centre shops are suffering as customers stay away. One clothes shop in Zurich says it has stopped opening on Saturdays as there isn’t enough trade – due to the disruption by protests.

The paper asks the question if many of the marches are relevant. It cites recent demonstrations about abortion laws in Poland, Kurdish activists or those calling for independence for Catalonia and Tibet.

The paper concludes most of the protests have no effect and could be counter-productive.

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