Hundreds Demonstrate in Davos and Zurich, Defying Police

January 29, 2001

The annual meeting of the World Economic Forum, and the protests, continued over the weekend. Police barred hundredsof activists from entering the Swiss town of Davos. Despite this, activists held a protest on Saturday, during whichfour were hospitalized and at least 70 were arrested. Even the famous Indian human rights activist Vandana Shivacould not escape the police beatings.

Activists who were turned away from Davos were not deterred, and held a protest in Zurich instead. Police attackedwith tear gas, rubber bullets and water cannons.

Even the mainstream media in Switzerland has condemned the police violence, calling it "unprecedented," disproportionate compared to the threat from the protesters," and characterizing it as dictatorial.


  • Peter Boosshard, The Berne Declaration, a Swiss advocacy group that helped to coordinate the Public Eye onDavos forum.
  • Tony Juniper, Friends of the Earth International.
  • Andreas Zumach, German journalist based in Switzerland.