Anti-Trump protest in Swiss capital ahead of Davos visit

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Trump seeks to bounce back from a series of stinging judicial defeats over his controversial effort to bar travelers from half a dozen mainly Muslim countries.

Trump seeks to bounce back from a series of stinging judicial defeats over his controversial effort to bar travelers from half a dozen mainly Muslim countries.

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Trump seeks to bounce back from a series of stinging judicial defeats over his controversial effort to bar travelers from half a dozen mainly Muslim countries.

Trump seeks to bounce back from a series of stinging judicial defeats over his controversial effort to bar travelers from half a dozen mainly Muslim countries.

GENEVA - Several hundred anti-capitalist demonstrators marched in Switzerland&39;s capital Bern on Saturday to protest against US President Donald Trump&39;s planned visit to the World Economic Forum in Davos.

With placards reading "Eat the rich" and "Fight WEF, Trump, capitalism", the protesters also targeted the annual meeting of the world&39;s political and business elite at a luxury Swiss ski resort.

Davos often draws small protests against its famous participants and global trade agenda, but with the surprise announcement this week that Trump will attend this year&39;s January 22-26 meeting, Swiss authorities warned "a high potential for violence must be assumed" at demonstrations across the country.

However Saturday&39;s unauthorised protest, organised by a group called RJG, remained calm and without incident, Swiss news agency ATS reported.

On its website, RJG said that "despite a strong police presence and significant provocations from civilian police, the protest was organised successfully".

"The World Economic Forum claims to be a platform for constructive solutions to global problems," the group said, "however it remains a meeting for the establishment to discuss a neoliberal agenda".

A petition headlined "Trump not welcome -- stay out of Davos" started by another group, Campax, had gathered more than 12,880 signatures by Saturday.

Another protest against Trump&39;s arrival at Davos, the timing of which remains unclear, is planned for the evening of January 23 in Zurich.