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Protesters take to Swiss streets in wake of Genoa

Protesters smash the windows of a branch of UBS bank in Basel


A month after anti-globalisation protesters clashed with Italian police at the G8 summit in Genoa, demonstrators have marched through the streets of three Swiss cities to oppose police violence against demonstrators.

The demonstrations were part of an international action to mark the anniversary of the G8 summit, where police were accused of using excessive force and brutality in their attempts to quell protests. There were also protests in several German cities.

Swiss police said about 300 people gathered in Basel late on Monday night. They said traffic was disrupted, windows smashed and a sign was torn off the Italian Consulate.

Police fired rubber bullets to break up a group of about 50 demonstrators who occupied a square in the centre of the city. A number of protesters were detained for identity checks, police said.

About 70 people marched in the city of Lucerne, while in the Swiss capital, Bern, police said there were "several dozen" demonstrators.

Participants also remembered 23-year-old Carlo Giuliani, an Italian campaigner who was shot and killed by a police officer as he tried to rush a Carabinieri jeep with a fire extinguisher during the Genoa event.

swissinfo with agencies

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