In Zurich, Switzerland, hundreds of young demonstrators fought running battles with police on Sunday (7 September) during some of the worst violence so far in a radical youth campaign against Zurich city authorities.
GV Demonstrators with banners in Zurich and CU Banners (3 shots)
GV Demonstrators walking down street (2 shots)
GV Riot police arrive in vans and get out, firing teargas, PAN TO Rioters
GV Riots, and police firing teargas.
CU Rioter in gutter and ZOOM OUT FROM Other rioters to water cannon (2 shots)
GV Night scenes of rioting with police using water cannon (3 shots)
GV Rioters being chased by police and arrested (2 shots)
GV Barricade being dismantled, ambulance arriving and water cannon (3 shots)
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Background: In Zurich, Switzerland, hundreds of young demonstrators fought running battles with police on Sunday (7 September) during some of the worst violence so far in a radical youth campaign against Zurich city authorities.
SYNOPSIS: The demonstrators were protesting against the authorities' decision to shut down an independently-run youth centre. The young radicals said their interests were being ignored by a materialistic society that could spend money on opera houses but not on popular culture. About two thousand demonstrators began a march, apparently converging on Zurich's central railway station.
The fighting erupted when police moved in the break up the march. Hundreds of steel-helmeted police used teargas, water cannon and rubber bullets. Running battles developed in streets around the station, with bystanders frequently being caught up in the bedlam. A police spokesman said the presence of so many police had prevented the worst of the damage and looting which occurred on previous occasions.
There's growing anger among Zurich's mainly peaceful citizens at the continued rioting which at times has made the city centre a dangerous place to be in.
There had been rioting the previous evening (6 September). After growing complaints that the youth centre had been harbouring petty criminals, drug addicts and foreign agitators, the police raided the centre last Thursday (4 September) and arrested dozens of people. At a mass meeting the following day, supporters of the centre decided to riot. Various groups put up barricades of dustbins and timber from which they pelted police with paving stones.
Zurich's police commission condemned what the called criminal elements responsible for the riots. he called on residents to keep clear of areas where it was known young people were planning to demonstrate.