Fresh riots rock Bern

Bern was hit by a second night of rioting on Saturday

The Swiss capital, Bern, has been rocked by a second night of rioting by squatter groups. The rioters were protesting against the town's plans to turn a building they occupy into a relief centre for drug addicts.

This content was published on June 3, 2001 - 16:15

The clashes erupted on Saturday night shortly after the non-authorised march started. Police fired tear gas and rubber pellets at the demonstrators, who responded by throwing rocks and petrol bombs.

The rioters also damaged buildings and cars during a four- hour rampage. There were no reports of injuries.

Police arrested 116 protesters, 40 of which were under 18s. They were all released overnight, but will face charges ranging from carrying dangerous weapons to disturbing the peace.

The cost of the damage is unknown.

On Thursday night, another protest march took place, which ended in clashes between demonstrators and the police. Nobody was arrested, but there was damage to property.

Most of the people arrested on Saturday were from Bern. However, there were also protesters from cantons Zurich, Basel and Aargau.

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