Swiss, Austrians to hold anti-Wall Street style demo
Demonstrators are expected to gather Saturday in the Swiss cities of Zurich, Geneva and Basel for protests modelled after the anti-Wall Street marches against US authorities and the banking industry.
A dozen protest actions are also planned throughout the day around Austria in solidarity with the "Occupy Wall Street" movement, including in Vienna, Linz, Salzburg, Graz and Innsbruck.
About 1,000 demonstrators are expected to meet from 0800 GMT at Zurich's Paradeplatz, the iconic site where both UBS and Credit Suisse banks are located.
"We aim to be peaceful, all other types of behaviour would be counter-productive," said Fabian Fuhrer, an activist from the Swiss branch of 'We are change'.
"Banks have more say than the citizens. It should not be so. This should change," said Fuhrer.
"We hope that many people would join us" on Saturday, he added.
Swiss authorities have not issued an authorisation for the demonstration, but the organisers said the march would go on "no matter what."
On the Facebook group 'Occupy Paradeplatz', which counts 800 participants on Monday, organisers explained that the Swiss demonstrations would be part of a worldwide movement on Saturday.
An "Occupy Austria" page on Facebook to get the word out has already gathered more than 1,500 fans.
"We declare our solidarity with the protestors on Wall Street and see ourselves as part of an international democratic movement," said the group Attac, part of the alliance "Wege aus der Krise" (Paths out of the Crisis), which is behind the action.
The alliance also includes student associations and NGOs like Greenpeace and Global 2000.
The Occupy Wall Street protests, which started on September 17 in a New York park, have since spread across the United States.
© 2011 AFP