Bern botellón leaves waste trail

A clean-up has taken place in the Swiss capital Bern after a mass open-air drinking session produced nearly three tons of waste.

This content was published on August 31, 2008 minutes

Around 1,200 people gathered in the Grosse Schanze park on Saturday for the bottelón – a Spanish tradition that has taken root in Switzerland.

The event was organised over the internet and took place without authorisation but was observed by the police from the start.

There were no incidents of note but the head of the city police, Stephan Hügli, said he remained opposed to the practice as drinking led to an increased risk of violence. The tons of broken glass that ensued also presented an unacceptable risk for the public.

The amount of waste collected was double the normal amount for a weekend.

The Bern event follows earlier botellóns held this month in Geneva and Zurich.

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