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Burning cars and smashed windows as anti-capitalists go on rampage in Geneva World Trade Organisation protest
By Mail Foreign Service
Last updated at 1:23 AM on 29th November 2009
Anti-capitalism demonstrators smashed windows of banks and watchmakers in central Geneva today during a violent protest against the World Trade Organisation.
Several people dressed in black used mallets to break windows at Credit Suisse and other institutions during the demonstration by some 3,000 mostly peaceful people.
They also smashed windows at a Starbucks cafe.
Extreme: Cars are ravaged by fire after being set alight during a protest against the WTO Ministerial Conference in Geneva
Firefighters battle to put out the flames as the cars blaze in Geneva
A Reuters reporter at the scene said some demonstrators seemed to be smashing windows at every building they passed.
Protesters also set off fireworks in the Swiss city’s main shopping street, which was lined with police in riot gear.
The demonstration was called to protest against the WTO’s three-day ministerial conference that starts on Monday.
Violent: Masked protesters in Geneva smash windows and doors during anti-capitalism protest against the World Trade Organisation
Smashed up: The window of a Starbucks coffee shop was smashed in the protest
Police spokesman Patrick Puhl confirmed protesters set fire to four cars and broke shop windows during a march Saturday.
Puhl said other acts of vandalism were also committed during the march.
Activists say trade policies adopted by WTO members create poverty in rich and poor countries by squeezing farmers in developing countries and depressing labour standards in industrialised nations.
Damage: Demonstrators pass a car with broken windows after clashes through the Swiss city of Geneva
Trouble: A protester is arrested after clashes during the demonstration
The United States, China and other commercial powers will lead the new attempt to find ways to revive world trade and drag the global economy out of recession.
Much more serious clashes have occurred at previous meetings of WTO trade chiefs. The last was held in Hong Kong four years ago. Others were in Cancun, Mexico, and Seattle.