first_imgThe authorities of the Confederation and the Canton of The authorities of the Confederation and the Canton of Graubunden consider the World Economic Forum annual meeting to be a place of open dialogue. As such, critical debate on issues such as globalisation and the development of the world economy should be possible. However, the authorities expect the concerns, arguments and proposals of critics to be put forward in a peaceful manner. “The Graubunden authorities are willing, in principle, to authorise a demonstration this year. However, it is essential that requirements to protect people, infrastructure and property are respected,” the government said. If a demonstration is held in a town square or involves a march, detailed arrangements have to be made between the organisers and the authorities. Considerations such as traffic routing have to be taken into account, as do the needs of the local population and holiday guests. Requests for authorisation to hold a demonstration must, therefore, be submitted as early as possible, and no later than 48 hours prior to the planned event. The threshold set for police intervention will be consistent with that applied in previous years, which has proved to be effective. Intervention is appropriate when the law is broken in order to send a clear signal that violence will not be tolerated. The proven strategy of dialogue, de- escalation and firm response within the scope of what is proportionate will continue to be applied. In order to ensure an open and comprehensive briefing of the media and the general public on all aspects of WEF annual meetings in Davos, the Graubünden authorities, in cooperation with the commune of Davos and the Confederation, have set up an external media centre as well as the website. Winter sports in the Davos and Prattigau region are generally not affected during the WEF annual meet. There are no general travel restrictions. Davos is accessible by public transport, by road or on foot. PTI BJ RAM ARDadvertisementlast_img