Demonstrations against COVID tyranny in Switzerland are being met with force by police who are employing increasingly aggressive tactics and weapons to disperse crowds and discourage resistance.
The largest marches have taken place in the capital city of Bern with the latest kicking off on Thursday night.
Authorities preemptively declared the planned gathering illegal and deployed a massive police presence to the city center where barriers were erected in front of government buildings, including the Bundeshaus (Swiss Parliament).
Peaceful demonstrators chanting “Liberte” were met by walls of riot police who were booed by the crowd.
Police fired rubber bullets at a group waving Swiss flags after they reportedly turned down an ‘unauthorized’ street.
“Switzerland, the only real democracy on the planet, is slowly going the same way as our neighbors,” wrote citizen journalist Based Helvetia.
“The globalist dictatorship is taking hold of our beautiful country.”
Armed vehicles were rolled out and water cannons discharged as demonstrators laid flowers and peace offerings in front of police.
Pierre Moret, another citizen journalist, declared the rally an effective, nonviolent rebuke of authoritarianism by the Swiss.
“Victory over the fearful rabbits. ‘Stay at home’? Forget it!” Moret wrote on social media.
“We are neither suppressed nor intimidated.”