Hundreds of people gathered in several Swiss cities on Friday evening to celebrate together. The police moved out – there were chaotic scenes in St. Gallen.
In several Swiss cities, celebrations took place illegally on Friday evening.
There were riots in St. Gallen.
The police were also on duty in Schaffhausen and Basel.
Several hundred young people partied on the Red Square in St. Gallen on Friday evening, as pictures of a news scout show. At 10 p.m. the police moved out with a large contingent. “My colleague got pepper spray. I was hit with a baton, ”reports the news scout.
Like the «St. Galler Tagblatt »writes that the atmosphere on the square was aggressive. The partygoers reacted to the police presence with chants and threw objects at the emergency services. After the square had been cleared, the party-goers sought refuge in the side streets and began smashing windows, knocking over plant pots and erecting barricades out of garden chairs. The advancing police had been pelted with stones.
“Street signs were knocked over, there were several bangs,” said another news scout. He also saw that pepper spray had been used. The emergency services finally broke up the party on the square.
According to the report, police spokesman Dionys Widmer confirmed clashes at various locations in the city. The operation was still going on after midnight. The police stopped several people, and further investigations followed.
Before the party on Red Square, some of the young people met at the Drei Weieren. This was called on social media. The police got wind of it and broke up the crowd. The young people then moved on to the city center.
Party in Schaffhausen too
Dozens of people gathered in front of the “Meiers Pool” bar in the middle of Schaffhausen on Friday evening. Video recordings made by a news scout show how mainly young women and men stand together in groups outside the bar and consume drinks. “The corona rules are simply ignored, the distance is not maintained,” says a news scout. The police were there, but did not take any action.
The Schaffhausen police confirmed on request that several reports about the party in front of the “Meiers Pool” have been received. A patrol was then deployed: «The situation was assessed and appropriate controls carried out. The patrol found that everything was happening in accordance with the rules, ”said a spokesman for the Schaffhausen police.
Advertising in advance
“Meiers Pool” advertised its take-away offer on Facebook in advance. «We have specially installed a take-away counter for you. We have drinks, snacks, whatever you want. Come by, go home or stay here for a while, ”says the Facebook video.
The police do not rule out moving out again in the course of the evening. As of 10.15 p.m., the police spokesman had no information about buses or reports.
Party at the Basler Hafen – police cordon off the area
An illegal party also took place at the Rheinhafen in the city of Basel on Friday evening. This is reported by a news scoutin. She went to the Rhine around 6 p.m. to have an after-work beer with friends. “More and more people came between half past eight and half past eight, until there were well over 100.” They danced to loud music without masks and keeping their distance, she continues. “They can’t even be stopped by the rain that is now beginning to set in.” The police are on site and have now cordoned off the port area.
The canton police of Basel-Stadt confirmed on request that an operation was going on in the port area. The police do not provide any further information on this mission.
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