Drinking session revellers taken to hospital

A mass open-air drinking session in Zurich has produced six tons of waste and resulted in ten people being taken to hospital for treatment.

This content was published on August 30, 2008 - 13:40

Around 2,000 people turned up for the so-called botellón – a practice that originated in Spain and is spreading through Switzerland – next to the lake on Friday.

Zurich authorities said 52 people needed some sort of first-aid assistance - double the norm for a weekend. Ten people who were either injured, drunk or under the influence of drugs were hospitalised.

Three people aged 18 to 25 were arrested for violence and threatening behaviour.

The event, following on from similar sessions in Geneva, was not authorised and left behind six tons of waste.

City waste officials believe it will cost several thousand francs to clean up the area, which had to be closed off the next day because of the amount of broken glass on the ground.

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