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Alternative culture The Reitschule: past and present

The Reitschule in Bern is a venue of many faces that has had a colourful history in recent decades.

The 19th century building was once used by the city authorities as stables and a depot for stage coaches. But when the horses moved out, squatters occupied the premises for a period.

Today it is one of Switzerland's liveliest entertainment venues. There have been multiple attempts to shut it down because of its association with leftwing movements - but the Reitschule has seen off all challenges.

swissinfo.ch takes a look at the often controversial history of the Reitschule in pictures.

All photos copyright of Keystone