Switzerland tries to uphold free speech
The Federal Court says an anti-Islam group has the right to give out leaflets from an information booth if it wants â€“ and the local authorities must protect them.
The Fribourg council was already prepared to throw the towel:
Fribourg Council banned the group â€“
The Movement Against the Islamization of Switzerland â€“ from setting up an information boothÂ Place Georges-Python during the anti-minaret campaign in 2009.
It saidÂ it refused to give permission because of a fear that violence and unrest would break out as a result, provoking a legal challenge.
Doesn’t work that way:
Although public law does grant local authorities powers to ban demonstrations from public spaces, the court confirmed that they may not do so simply because they disapprove of the ideas being communicated.
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