A clean-up operation is underway in the Swiss capital, Berne, after clashes between police and anti right-wing protestors. It is the latest sign of growing tensions ahead of an unusually divisive election this month. Violence is said to have erupted when hundreds of demonstrators tried to break-up a march organised by the right-wing People’s Party.
Support for the right-wing party has soared under the leadership of industrialist Christoph Blocher, who has appealed to conservative Swiss voters with his anti-European Union, isolationist stance. His party, which has campaigned against minarets in Swiss cities and plastered billboards and roadsides with posters calling for “black sheep” foreigners to be kicked out, is poised to be the largest winner in elections set for October 21.