4k people join Swiss protest against Covid containment rules


Around 4,000 people gathered near Zurich on Saturday for an unauthorised protest against coronavirus containment measures, police said.

The demonstration in Rapperswil-Jona was largely peaceful, but two people were detained and 45 others were banned from the city for a period of 24 hours, they said.

Most participants were not wearing masks or maintaining a safe distance from one another. Some used banners and cow bells to express their discontent with the restrictions to contain the pandemic, DPA reported.

A police spokesman said in a video released on Twitter that police had consciously decided not to break up the protest despite the hygiene rule violations.