Rally in Bern for the evacuation of refugee camps

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Rally in Bern for the evacuation of refugee camps


Demonstrators on Saturday demanded on Federal Square the disappearance of migrant camps at the gates of Europe, like that of Moria on the Greek island of Lesbos.


Hundreds of people demanded in Bern on Saturday that Switzerland accept more refugees.


© Therese Hänni, Keystone-SDA
Hundreds of people demanded in Bern on Saturday that Switzerland accept more refugees.


Hundreds of people demonstrated on Saturday afternoon in Federal Square in Bern to call for the evacuation of the refugee camps on the borders of the European Union. One of the demands was for Switzerland to welcome more refugees.

The slogan “We have room” was written on banners and flags, noted a reporter from Keystone-ATS on the spot. The demonstrators demanded that “privileged” Switzerland not look away from the “inhuman” conditions in which refugees have to live in camps like the one in Moria on the Greek island of Lesbos.

By adopting a motion, the Federal Assembly asked the Federal Council to welcome refugees hosted in Greece, according to the organizers of the demonstration. In a press release, they regret that Switzerland has “done almost nothing”, even after the fire in the Moria camp in early September.

They denounce the use of taxpayer dollars to build a second camp on a military firing range. The living conditions there are even worse, according to the demonstrators.

Evoked routes

During this authorized event in Bern, some people shared their experiences in exile. The demonstration was organized by various human rights and refugee organizations, including Amnesty International.

The demonstrators occupied a good half of Federal Square. They wore masks.

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