Man On A Crusade

Christoph Blocher's Nazi gold campaign

It was late September, 1995, and at an outdoor political rally in Zurich, Christoph Blocher was giving a familiar speech. He warned that Switzerland must not risk its autonomy by getting too close to the European Union. But this time the affair got out of hand. Skinheads who had assembled to support Blocher began throwing stones at the hundreds of anarchists massed on the other side of the Limmat River to heckle the speaker. A two-hour riot ensued downtown, with the anarchists breaking windows, overturning cars, and hurling abuse at baton-wielding police.

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