Feminist strike: city centers across French-speaking Switzerland are severely disrupted tonight


feminist strikeCity centers across French-speaking Switzerland are severely disturbed tonight

Due to the feminist strike that will take place in the early evening, traffic will be stopped in Geneva, Lausanne, Neuchâtel and Freiburg.

In Geneva, the Plainpalais districts, the station and the low streets will be affected.

cantonal police

On Tuesday, June 14, several cities in French-speaking Switzerland will undergo mobilizations, in the late afternoon, due to the feminist strike. Therefore, significant interruptions in traffic are to be expected.

Traffic blocked in Lausanne, Freiburg and Neuchâtel

Lausanne will serve as a meeting point for several large cities in the canton of Vaud. Place de la Riponne is already occupied and will remain so until the procession leaves at 18:30. It will follow the following route: rue Haldimand, place du 14-Juin, rue Pichard, place Bel-Air, route de Bel-Air, place de l’Europe, avenue J.-J. Mercier, avenue Jules-Gonin, avenue Ruchonnet, place de la Gare, avenue de la Gare, avenue Georgette, avenue du theatre, place St-François, avenue Benjamin-Constant, rue Caroline, Pont-Bessières, avenue Pierre-Viret, rue de l’Université inferior and arrival at Place de la Riponne.

In Freiburg, it is around the Place Georges Python, renamed Place Pythonne, that the mobilization will begin, around 18:00. The procession will start at 6:30 pm and should last until around 8 pm, passing through Rue de Romont, Avenue de la Gare, Square des Places, Rue des Alpes, Place Nova-Freiburgo and Rue de Lausanne.

Neuchâtel will also be filled with activists from the city and La Chaux-de-Fonds, departing Place Pury at 3:19 pm and then around the station at around 6:30 pm.

In Valais, the watchword is to go to Bern for the great national demonstration. Few interruptions are therefore announced.

Buses and roads: Geneva severely disrupted

In Geneva, traffic will be stopped from 5:30 pm in the Place de Neuve area and from 6 pm in the city center and on the right bank, according to the Geneva cantonal police. However, it specifies that the Place de Neuve may be closed before the indicated time, depending on the volume of people present at the meeting. In fact, at 3:19 pm, a meeting was held with the strikers, a symbolic moment from which women work for free because of wage inequalities. Several axes will be severely interrupted, even banned from traffic until 20:30.

On the left bank, disturbances are announced at the following locations: Place de Neuve, boulevard Georges-Favon, rue Harry-Marc, rue Jean-François Bartholoni, rue du Conseil-Général, rue de la Croix-Rouge, ramp du Treille, boulevard du Théâtre, rue François-Diday, rue de la Corraterie, the lower streets, rue d’Italie, rue Ferdinand-Hodler, cours de Rive, rue du Rhône, quai du Général-Guisan, Mont-Blanc bridge. On the right bank, disturbances will affect: rue e quai du Mont-Blanc, quai Wilson, rue des Alpes, rue de Chantepoulet, place Lise-Girardin, place and rue de Cornavin, rue des Terreaux-du-Temple, bridge of a ‘ Island.

Access to the Mont-Blanc car park will remain authorized depending on the progress of the procession. Public transport (TPG) circulation will be severely disrupted during the event. Line deviations are planned. For more information, it is recommended to consult the TPG website or app. In the context of the 12th Ministerial Conference of the World Trade Organisation, additional disturbances, even temporary closures, of the rue de Lausanne between the François-Forestier intersection and the route des Romelles will have to be taken into account.

Complaints and tiredness

For the fourth consecutive edition (the first took place in 1991), the feminist strike is adorned with very political colors, the main claim being the refusal of the AVS21 reform, which includes increasing the retirement age for women. However, they continue to have lower pensions due to the frequent part-time work linked to domestic work, denounce unions and collectivities.

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