Popular Swiss People’s Party platform promises to “halt mass (Muslim) immigration”
Election candidates for the right wing Swiss People’s Party, Switzerland’s biggest, signed a ‘contract with the people’ on Sunday promising to deport foreign criminals and halt ‘mass immigration’ from Muslim countries.Â (It’s about time somebody in Europe did this. Let’s hope it’s a trend)
Â The “contract” also promises to fend off any moves for Switzerland to join the European Union. Â
About 200 party candidates for October parliamentary polls signed the document, printed on parchment, before a thousand party loyalists at a ceremony in Zurich.
A similar document signed ahead of federal elections in 2007 had slightly different priorities â€” the top three then included tax cuts, now replaced by the promise to turn back immigration. Â
“We have the feeling that what concerns most people at the moment is immigration,” party candidate Christoph Moergeli said at the ceremony.Â Â Â Earlier this month, Swiss anti-racism authorities urged political parties to refrain from campaigning on racist platforms.Â The Swiss People’s Party has consistently sparked controversy over its campaigns.
In October 2010, it triggered a trans-border spat after it branded French commuters as “scum”.Â But the party is most notorious for its signature poster depicting white sheep kicking a black sheep out of the Swiss flag.
The party, which already holds around a quarter of the seats in the federal assembly,Â is expected to make further gains in the upcoming elections.
“A Kosovar (Muslim) stabs a Swiss man.” “A Kosovar kills the head of social services.” These are not newspaper headlines but instead the latest set of newspaper ads the Swiss People’s Party. They feature recent crimes committed by Kosovar Muslims with an image of their ubiquitous campaign poster “stop massive immigration” showing people trampling the Swiss flag.