Protesters in Davos rally against Trump, break through security cordon

About 2,000 anti-capitalist and anti-globalization protesters took to the streets in Swiss cities on Tuesday to demonstrate against President Donald Trump’s planned trip to the World Economic Forum (WEF).

Reuters reports that about 20 protesters broke through a security cordon to reach the Davos Congress Center, holding banners and yelling “Wipe out WEF” before they were peacefully dispersed by police.

Leftist organizers have reportedly called for demonstrations under the slogans “Trump Not Welcome” and “Smash WEF!”

Trump is scheduled to speak Friday in Davos, where elite political and business leaders are meeting for the annual forum.

People gather during the demonstration "Trump not welcome!" against the upcoming visit of US President Donald Trump at the World Economic Forum (WEF) in Davos, in the streets of Zurich, Switzerland, on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. (Walter Bieri/Keystone via AP)

People gather during the demonstration "Trump not welcome!" in the streets of Zurich, Switzerland, on Jan. 23, 2018.  (AP)


“Trump is just one of the other people we disagree with. We’ve been protesting every year now against the World Economic Forum and if Trump comes or not we don’t care. Trump is just, maybe he’s just the best symbol of this world,” protester Alex Hedinger told Reuters TV in Davos.

More than 4,000 Swiss soldiers and 1,000 police officers have been deployed to guard Davos, which also has no-fly zones in place.

Demonstrators carried flags and anti-globalist and environmentalist placards such as “No Trump, no coal, no gas, no fossil fuels” as they marched toward Zurich’s financial district.

Protesters with banners march during an anti-WEF and anti-U.S. President Donald Trump demonstration, ahead of Trump's visit to the World Economic Forum (WEF), in Bern, Switzerland, January 13, 2018.  REUTERS/Arnd Wiegmann - RC185F351450

Protesters with banners march during an anti-WEF and anti-Trump demonstration, in Bern, Switzerland, Jan. 13, 2018.  (Reuters)

Several hundred protesters also marched in public squares in Geneva, Lausanne and Fribourg. Geneva signs read “World Economic Fiasco,” “racist sexist capitalist” and “Don’t touch women’s rights.”


Geneva demonstrator organizer Paolo Gilardi told Reuters TV: “While the Swiss Federal Council (Swiss cabinet) is about to welcome and unroll the red carpet for Mr. Trump, well we think that the population has something to say.”

Earlier in Geneva, protesters laid a wreath at the entrance of the U.S. diplomatic mission in memory of Heather Heyer, who was killed in Charlottesville, Virginia, amid clashes between white nationalists and counter-protesters last August.

After Charlottesville, Trump said there were “very fine people” at the event demonstrating on both sides, which drew condemnation from some Republican leaders and praise from white supremacists and neo-Nazis.

Christopher Carbone is a reporter for Follow him on Twitter @christocarbone.