Swiss police used rubber bullets and tear gas on Friday night to disperse hundreds of protesters against restrictive measures in the coronavirus pandemic in the northeastern city of St. Gallen.
The police first stated that its members were “submerged by objects” and were “forced to use rubber bullets for self-defense.” In the evening, the police announced that they had thrown Molotov cocktails and other burning objects at its members, so the police used tear gas.
They called on the protesters not to attack the police or destroy property, and called on the observers to disperse.
According to Tagblatt, about 1,000 people took to the streets of St Gallena, a city of about 75,000.
The increasing number of coronavirus infections has forced the Swiss government to abandon easing measures.
Since the beginning of the pandemic, Switzerland, with a population of about 8.6 million, has recorded 600,000 infections and more than 9,600 deaths of people infected with covid-19.