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Wednesday, 19 May 2021 02:32 GMT

Switzerland- Covid-19 unrest: youth parties demand government action


(MENAFN - Swissinfo) In response to the coronavirus pandemic and the riots in St Gallen, the youth branches of five Swiss political parties are calling on the government to provide better prospects.



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On Monday they published an open letter [pictured below] demanding that young people have more of a say in crisis management. It was signed and posted online by the leaders of a range of parties asking for an exchange with the executive branch of the federal government.

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Among other things, they wrote that young people should not face discrimination if relaxed measures favour those who have already been vaccinated. For young people with mental health problems, there should also be sufficient support.

In addition, they suggested reintroducing face-to-face teaching immediately, saying it should be possible with a rigorous testing strategy and appropriate protection concepts.

'Our generation urgently needs prospects again,' the letter said, noting that more and more young people feel misunderstood, and the increasing number of young people with serious psychological problems is a cause for great concern.

The impetus for the letter was Friday night's riots in St Gallen, where youths attacked police officers with bottles, firecrackers and a Molotov cocktail. Police responded with rubber bullets and teargas. Two people were injured, and the police temporarily expelled over 500 people from the city.

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