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More than 100 members of Extinction Rebellion convicted in Switzerland

More than 100 members of Extinction Rebellion convicted in Switzerland

Extinction Rebellion Switzerland’s Facebook cover photo

In September 2019, groups of people belonging to the group Extinction Rebellion blocked two road bridges in Lausanne.

Local police cleared the bridges by removing, in some cases carrying, protesters away.

On 7 November 2019, 117 of the people involved in the bridge protests were convicted and fined for breaking Switzerland’s penal code, according to RTS. One person was convicted of violence and the rest of obstruction.

Convicted members of the group contacted by the newspaper 24 Heures, said they planned to challenge their convictions in court.

In addition, the newspaper mentioned a possible protest at Geneva Airport on Saturday 16 November 2019, however any plans for an airport protest by the group remain unconfirmed and unclear.

According to the news website, close to 100 Swiss academics support the group, which advocates non-violent protest.

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