Switzerland: Clashes in the Land of the Gnomes

Clashes in the Land of the Gnomes

Zurich, Switzerland's largest city (pop. 440,000), is such a bastion of Zwinglian virtues and respect for law and order that unkind observers say it would resemble a graveyard, if only it were a little livelier. The thought of public violence in Zurich is utterly improbable. Yet last week there were student riots right in downtown Zurich— and they were just as violent as anything seen recently on the Boulevard Saint-Germain or on the Columbia University campus.

The clashes began after 500 leftist students announced their...

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