The Pestalozzi park had been cleared successfully by police, the protesters had moved on to Schweizergasse and Löwenstrasse. The woman and the man weren’t standing far to the right of me (I was standing pretty in the middle of the crossing Lintheschergasse and Heinrichstrasse, observing the event with my camera). Suddenly, two police officers wearing riot-control gear wormed through the hedge that delimits Heinrichstrasse from Pestalozzi park. They were coming for the woman. The second officer kept in the background, while the first one engaged in a sort of dance with her. In addition, two plain clothes officers moved up. They didn’t care about the man. But, as the picture shows, he didn’t let go of the woman.
Because of the tumult I moved away after taking these pictures, towards Schweizergasse. I didn’t observe whether the woman got away. At the corner Lintheschergasse and Schweizergasse, in front of the „Globus“ store, an elderly man wearing a raincoat (probably a plain clothes officer) asked me, for whom I was photographing. The answer was, „from the association of Swiss youth press, do you want to see the card?“ (I’ll never forget the situation). Undisturbed I continued my business. I was actually photographing for the school magazine of my school, and I was a member of the aforementioned association. We had planned to have our eye on the periodic demonstrations in connection with the Wolgroth squatting, the occupation of an abandoned factory complex in the heart of Zurich from 1991 to 1993. A reportage was to be published. As conscientious young journalists we asked ourselves, why „city walks“ and „open-air discos“, organised regularly by youths from Zurich, often led to clashes between participants and police. We asked ourselves, if and why youth riots could be on the agenda. Finally, it is another story why the coverage never got published.
The Venus Transit on June 5 and 6 was a historical event in astronomy. It will take 105 years to repeat itself. Unfortunately, I was not able to view it in the sun, although the transit was observable in Zurich, Switzerland, after sunrise at 3.31 GMT (5.31 MET summer time) until 4.49 GMT (6.49 MET). First, it was cloudy. Second, I didn’t have suitable sunglasses. Whoever wants to be prepared for 2117 should consider welder glasses with filter no 14. Without such equipment you could watch the event even closer through live transmissions by observatories. I highly recommend the images collected by NASA’s “Solar Dynamics Observatory” (SDO). Watch the impressive three-minute-clip on NASA’s YouTube channel.
I did not witness the transit myself. Nevertheless it was a thrill to be aware of it, to feel the moment and know that the Sun, Venus and Earth are on a straight line. And to take a snapshot of the sky in that special moment.