This courtcase is the result of three-years of public and legal pressure after the initial judge appointed to investigate the case showed clear bias in refusing to pursue the matter. In Switzerland, the police usually enjoy a relatively high-degree of impunity and are protected by all manner of legal bureaucracy. Despite many complaints against the police having been made, this are the first such charges to be brought to court in over twenty years.
A programme of events is taking place for a week before and alongside the trial, including preparations for maintaining a presence outside the courthouse during the trial, a benefit party and workshops on subjects such as activist trauma, popular edication and planning for the next G8 in Germany,
The Aubonne-Bridge collective has released a political statement in which they acknowledge the contradiction inherent in pursuing a legal case through a justuce system whose legitimacy they don’t recognize, while outlining the reasons in which they have still chosen to do this. These reasons include challenging the impunity of the police, trying to highlight the cracks in the façade of liberal-democracy and to promote a greater awareness of the incompetence and violence that the police are capable of.
The trial is taking place at the same time that 29 police officers in Italy are in court for a variety of acts of violence and brutality against protestors during the G8 summit in Genoa.
Aubonne Bridge Solidarity Campaign : www.aubonnebridge.net
Watch the video of the action: http://www.aubonnebridge.net/video.php
Pig Brother: Compiling information on police brutality in Switzerland:
Activist Trauma Network: http://www.activist-trauma.net/
More info on Genoa trials: http://indymedia.org.uk/en/2006/02/333037.html