- The canton of Uri has decided that the planned Corona demonstration on April 10 in Altdorf will not be approved.
- The organizers of the demonstration had planned a large rally against the Corona emergency law. Up to 10,000 people were expecting them.
- The cancellation follows a similar demonstration in Liestal last Saturday. A large majority of the up to 8,000 participants did not adhere to the Corona regulations.
The canton of Uri bases its decision on the experiences that have been made in Liestal and other places with corona demonstrations. “Recent events with rallies show that only a small minority of the participants must wear a mask,” says the media release from the security directorate.
“Prohibition is required”
Furthermore, from a certain size of the rally, the obligation to wear a mask can neither be enforced by the organizers nor by the police. The ban is therefore necessary and justified, especially since the spread of the coronavirus must be prevented.
The organizers could not have presented any detailed traffic and parking concepts either. The Uri Security Directorate is now calling on the organizers to cancel the rally. All those who had considered participation should forego a trip to Altdorf on April 10th.
The Urkantone action alliance, which had already organized a corona demonstration in January, called for a demonstration in Altdorf. The majority of this proceeded properly. For Altdorf, the organizers expected up to 10,000 participants, which would have made the Corona demonstration in Altdorf the largest in Switzerland to date.
The action alliance reacted to the negative decision of the Uri government with a media release. The ban would come “as a surprise”, they say. It is the end of freedom of assembly, freedom of expression and democracy. “There is no sufficient objective reason for this ban, it is a purely political decision,” writes Josef Ender, the spokesman for the alliance. A complaint will be made against the ban.
The decision of the Uri government not to grant a permit follows a similar rally in Liestal (BL) last Saturday. Between 6,000 and 8,000 people demonstrated against the federal government’s corona measures. A large majority did not adhere to the mandatory mask and distance requirements. The police let them go and did not intervene. In order not to let the situation escalate, so the reason.
Criticism from other cantons too
The Baselbieter security director Kathrin Schweizer was disappointed in the aftermath of the demonstration in Liestal. She announced that she would never again give the organizers of “Silent Protest” a permit. In addition, they would have to expect a fine.
Other cantons were also critical of corona demonstrations after the rally in Liestal. The Aarau canton police announced, for example: “We know that previous corona rallies have been violated. This puts the authorities of future venues before the question of whether it makes sense to continue to approve such events. ”
Similar considerations were made to the Uri government before it decided not to approve the planned demonstration.