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Saturday 21 October 2017

Police detain 86-year-old spray-painter at Swiss bank

Louise Schneider poses for the media after spraying the wall of the Swiss National Bank in Bern (Anthony Anex/Keystone via AP)
Louise Schneider poses for the media after spraying the wall of the Swiss National Bank in Bern (Anthony Anex/Keystone via AP)

An 86-year-old woman was briefly detained after she spray-painted "money for weapons kills" in German on a wall at Switzerland's national bank, according to a Swiss pacifist group.

Youniss Mussa, political secretary of The Group for an Army-free Switzerland, said Louise Schneider was released unharmed on Tuesday after the incident in Bern during a demonstration to launch a petition against state involvement in arms dealings.

If the campaign succeeds in garnering at least 100,000 signatures over 18 months, Switzerland would hold a referendum on banning state pension funds and the Swiss National Bank from investing in publicly-traded defence contractors selling arms abroad.

The group says such entities have holdings of billions of Swiss francs in those companies.

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