November 28, 2009 / 2:36 PM / 10 years ago

Anti-WTO protesters in Geneva smash windows

* Anti-WTO protesters smash windows in Geneva

* Banks, cafes, watchmakers attacked

GENEVA, Nov 28 (Reuters) - Anti-capitalism demonstrators smashed windows of banks and watchmakers in central Geneva on Saturday during a protest against the World Trade Organisation.

Several people dressed in black used mallets to break windows at Credit Suisse CSGN.VX and other institutions during the demonstration by at least 1,000 mostly peaceful people.

They also smashed windows at a Starbucks (SBUX.O) cafe.

A Reuters reporter at the scene said some demonstrators seemed to be smashing windows at every building they passed.

Protesters also set off fireworks in the Swiss city's main shopping street, which was lined with police in riot gear.

The demonstration was called to protest against the WTO's three-day ministerial conference that starts on Monday.

Activists say trade policies adopted by WTO members create poverty in rich and poor countries by squeezing farmers in developing countries and depressing labour standards in industrialised nations. (Reporting by Laura MacInnis; Editing by Jonathan Lynn and Charles Dick)

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