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(en) Swiss, CHUR, Media, Dabos World Forum Protest Staged From a Distance

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Date Sun, 25 Jan 2004 07:55:35 +0100 (CET)


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Armed with spray cans and paint bombs, about 500 antiglobalization
protesters clashed with the police in the eastern Swiss town of Landquart
on Saturday, as the officers tried to stop them from heading into nearby
Davos to protest illegally at the World Economic Forum.
The police said they fired tear gas and pepper spray at the protesters at
the Landquart railway station. Four protesters were injured, the police
reported; two were given first aid, and two were taken to the hospital.
The railway station and trains were left covered with anticapitalist
and antiwar slogans. The police said there had been many cases of
criminal damage, including a train so badly vandalized it had to be
taken out of service.

The protesters arrived in Landquart by train from Chur, where they
had been among about 1,200 people demonstrating earlier in the
day, leaving a trail of litter and spray paint — in the anarchist
colors of red and black — and the window of one bank smashed.

The Swiss authorities banned protests in Davos to prevent
disruption to the five-day economic forum, which opened there on
Wednesday, but allowed one in Chur, about 45 miles away. Security
for the forum was tight, with 4,600 Swiss soldiers and hundreds of
Swiss police officers on patrol.

Earlier, 50 to 70 protesters managed to get past police lines and
reached Davos.

The police in Davos said they had kept the group "under control"
and had checked their identities before releasing them. About 30
who refused to give proof of identity were put on a train to
Landquart.

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