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Conclusion with the swastika and Hitler salute

Verbal attacks against Jewish families. The annual anti-Semitism report gathered results show. A similar report on Islamophobia, there is not yet. But observers see in the case of Muslims, similar developments.

The concern the Zürcher SP-national councillor Angelo Barrile. But it amazed him nonetheless. "The use and public dissemination of racially-down symbols such as the swastika, the Hitler salute and the Ku-Klux-Klan-symbols are commonplace," he says. However, the Swiss justice have often not have the resources to deal with them.

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Barrile is reminiscent of the 6000 visitors, the biggest right-wing rock concert in Europe, held in 2016, in the Toggenburg. "This violence were widespread-glorifying, racist and anti-Semitic music, slogans and writings", of the Zurich.

carnival is Also the incident at this year's Schwyzer had shocked him. Radical right-wing abused the occasion to the dissemination of a racist anti-Semitic ideology by marching with the Ku-Klux-Klan-robes and Celtic cross freely through the streets.

Angelo Barrile required by the Federal Council, an Amendment to the criminal law. The public use of Propaganda, which is directed to a systematic reduction or defamation of members of a race, ethnicity or Religion, should in future be a criminal offence.

Barrile submitted his Motion to the Federal Council today. It was broad-based, he says. Also Civil standing behind it, his party and the group of the Greens anyway, so the SP-politician.


Johanne Gurfinkiel, Secretary-General of the Western Swiss coordination unit against anti-Semitism, for years, the need for action. "It is not normal, that you are allowed to use in Switzerland, racial symbols go unpunished," he says. Switzerland is one of the few countries that tolerate public discrimination.

Gurfinkiel was 15 years ago, the government did something against openly displayed racism. He recalled that members of the 1.-August-Talk on the Rütli, neo-Nazis low shouted and jeered, wherein the troublemakers showed the Hitler greeting.

in 2004, the law Commission of the national Council is active and filed a Motion to set the public use of symbols, which glorify extremist movements, under penalty. The Federal Council recommended it for approval. In 2009, the government sent a preliminary draft for a revision of the law in the consultation process.

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But in 2011, the Federal Council agreed that the law Commission was the Motion. What had happened? "At the time, it was said, the list of racist symbols would be difficult, since some of the symbols were known to the Public, others would have but only for like-Minded people meaning," says Barrile.

at the time the decision to come back and create clarity, he presented in the Parliament a few days ago a question. The answer of the Federal Council Barrile got at the beginning of the week. The government, which had shown in 2009, the consultation process carried out writes, "that it is not possible to define sufficiently precisely what is punishable and what is not." The existing criminal law instruments are sufficient in the Other, the Federal Council.

This attitude Johanne Gurfinkiel does not understand. He says: "in 2009, after the consultation of the political parties is clear that Switzerland needs a legal basis to combat extremism." Angelo Barrile. It needs a legal basis. For this, he wants to make his Motion now. (Editorial Tamedia)

Created: 21.03.2019, 19:22 PM

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