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Taking photos at a Demonstration

There was a demo in Langstrasse Zürich today. I got my handy out and took a picture. There were around 50 demonstrators and 30 police there. Suddenly all the demonstrators screamed at me " no Handy photos " and all their eyes were on me. The police also. I thought they were all going to attack me but then one of them said he will handle it. So he rushed over to me and told me to delete it. I asked why and he said he did not want to be in the picture. Out of deference I deleted it. What is the law about taking photos. Seems one can take photos as one wishes?Theres no law against it?

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Re: Taking photos at a Demonstration

Good luck to them trying to stop anyone taking photographs with camera phones. Must have been like trying to knit fog.
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Old 04.02.2017, 17:25
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Re: Taking photos at a Demonstration

Well the demo had not yet started. And no one else got their handy out-just me
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Old 04.02.2017, 17:28
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Re: Taking photos at a Demonstration

What was the demonstration?
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Well the demo had not yet started. And no one else got their handy out-just me
So at that point they weren't really demonstrators, were they? Just people milling around.

I think I'd have been pissed off if someone was trying to take photos of me in a similar situation. OK, if you are going to involve yourself in some (dis?)organised protest, then you have to expect you are going to attract some attention otherwise you wouldn't be going. People taking pics is just part of it.

Otherwise where does it stop? I saw a guy on the tram yesterday evening with a "F**k Trump" placard heading through Paradeplatz (was there also some kind of demo yesterday around 6pm?) but I imagine he would be a bit miffed if people started openly taking pics of him minding his own business on the tram.
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Re: Taking photos at a Demonstration

Well they were surrounded by police with full armour. And maybe 10 police cars and emergency 144 wagen
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So at that point they weren't really demonstrators, were they? Just people milling around.

I think I'd have been pissed off if someone was trying to take photos of me in a similar situation. OK, if you are going to involve yourself in some (dis?)organised protest, then you have to expect you are going to attract some attention otherwise you wouldn't be going. People taking pics is just part of it.

Otherwise where does it stop? I saw a guy on the tram yesterday evening with a "F**k Trump" placard heading through Paradeplatz (was there also some kind of demo yesterday around 6pm?) but I imagine he would be a bit miffed if people started openly taking pics of him minding his own business on the tram.
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Re: Taking photos at a Demonstration

The quickest way to get your head kicked in.

Why would you even think about hanging round a demonstration, let alone taking pictures, if you weren't actually involved?
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Re: Taking photos at a Demonstration

Good point. Have you heard of Tages Anzeiger Leser Reporter

http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/service/...story/28965512

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Why would you even think about hanging round a demonstration, let alone taking pictures, if you weren't actually involved?
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Good point. Have you heard of Tages Anzeiger Leser Reporter

http://www.tagesanzeiger.ch/service/...story/28965512
Have you heard of common sense?
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Re: Taking photos at a Demonstration

Maybe OP went down to the demonstration to get his fair share of abuse?
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Re: Taking photos at a Demonstration

Maybe I looked too much like an undercover agent for police. Or they took my police badge seriously. I'm a fan of the pop group " Police"
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Maybe I looked too much like an undercover agent for police
Maybe people don't like having their pictures taken by nosy strangers?
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Re: Taking photos at a Demonstration

Next time, stand with your back to the action and reverse the viewpoint to the one you would use for a selfie. Take the photo over your shoulder and act the dumb tourist. As for the police, I reckon he has the right to ask you delete a photo that identifies him. I'd be surprised if he doesn't. Perhaps someone here knows differently...
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Re: Taking photos at a Demonstration

Well if the are going to demonstate then they should welcome the publicity.And not act like arse holes
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Re: Taking photos at a Demonstration

But I think there is no law against taking pictures of police. But the other person I should have first asked.




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Re: Taking photos at a Demonstration

You're not allowed to take pictures of private people here in public without asking and publish them ..... and you promising you only want to look at them in the quiet of you own living-room is not convincing).
Don't have time to google that right not but the Swiss in the US will provide links, I suppose.
Why do you think google has such a hard time here with it's street view?!
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Re: Taking photos at a Demonstration

So I am glad these demonstrators did not first beat me up:And I could have been taking a selfie!
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You're not allowed to take pictures of private people here in public without asking and publish them ..... and you promising you only want to look at them in the quiet of you own living-room is not convincing).
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Don't have time to google that right not but the Swiss in the US will provide links, I suppose.
Why do you think google has such a hard time here with it's street view?!
I recall a similar discussion on here ages ago. I think the area is a bit of a grey one in the end. If you are clearly taking a picture of someone, i.e. specifically that person and just that person in the frame of the shot then you are obliged to get their permission but if you are taking a general picture of the scene or, say, someone who is with you (one of your kids or a friend, for example) and there are other people in the shot, then that's not an issue, plus I think it would be pretty difficult to take any legal action over.

Exceptions where you are on dodgy ground are, as I recall, bathing areas, pools, changing areas, gyms, playgroups etc., but that's just common sense and if that is lacking there are usually signs up.
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Re: Taking photos at a Demonstration

Well in this case it was a group of 60 or so people. No individual person stood out. But I can tell you-they were like a lynch mob when they saw I had taken a picture of them!!! They could have been Trump supporters so naturally it does not come in the news
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I recall a similar discussion on here ages ago. I think the area is a bit of a grey one in the end. If you are clearly taking a picture of someone, i.e. specifically that person and just that person in the frame of the shot then you are obliged to get their permission but if you are taking a general picture of the scene or, say, someone who is with you (one of your kids or a friend, for example) and there are other people in the shot, then that's not an issue, plus I think it would be pretty difficult to take any legal action over.

Exceptions are, as I recall, bathing areas, pools, changing areas, gyms, playgroups etc., but that's just common sense.

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