Protest staged against military campaign in Afghanistan

Protesters unfurled banners during the demonstration in the Swiss capital on Saturday Keystone

Around 2000 people gathered in Bern on Saturday to protest against the United States-led military campaign in Afghanistan.

This content was published on December 8, 2001 - 15:37

Protesters marched on the Swiss capital to demonstrate against the air and military strikes in Afghanistan and to make a collective call for peace.

The demonstrators, united under the banner "Alliance against war and terror", came from more than 50 organisations such as the Group for Switzerland without an Army and the Swiss Green Party.

In a statement to the press prior to the start of the protest, organisers said the "daily briefings by the military on their successes were doing nothing to change the perilous situation of Afghanistan's civilian population."

"The air and ground war must be stopped at once," the statement concluded.

A similar protest organised in October under the auspices of the "Alliance against war and terror" attracted a crowd of around 5,000 people.

swissinfo with agencies

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