SAINT-IMIER, Switzerland — It was a well-organized affair, particularly for a bunch of people who bristle at the thought of rigid organization.
And in an era of discontent with debt-riddled government, they offered a striking solution: no government at all.
The International Anarchism Gathering got underway Wednesday in Switzerland’s western Jura mountains.
They flocked by the hundreds, a well-mannered band of fringe thinkers and casually dressed youth aiming to create a world without rulers.
In an era of harsh austerity in Europe, the congress drew libertarians from anarchist movements around the world to celebrate a radically different vision for the future.
Organizers opened the meeting with a call for demonstrations, worker strikes, and other acts of defiance. But they rejected the use of violence. That contrasts with the tactics of Italian anarchists who in the past couple of years have claimed responsibility for shooting a nuclear energy company official and sending letter bombs to embassies and a tax collection agency.
‘‘Capitalism goes from crisis to crisis, so this is an opportunity for us,’’ said Aristides Pedraza, one of the main organizers.
‘‘We think that we are in a period of continental crisis, and we think that there is no government solution to this crisis. There is no solution within institutional policy,’’ he said. ‘‘We want to build in Europe a public space of resistance and solidarity.’’