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Rising tension ahead of Swiss elections

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Rising tension ahead of Swiss elections


In Switzerland, the city of Lausanne is cleaning up after a protest against a visit by the leader of the right wing Swiss People’s Party turned violent. The man feeling the heat is Christophe Blocher, whose party’s election campaign has been slammed as racist and facist by opponents. Left-wing parties and anti-racism groups are behind numerous demonstrations against his party, which is riding high in the polls. “We’re not giving Blocher publicity,” said one protester, “we’re publicising the pure messages against him. And I think we must speak out against grave things that happen, and Blocher is something grave in Switzerland.”

Blocher, the current Justice Minister, campaigns for what he calls traditional Swiss values, and dismisses the accusations against him as a conspiracy to force him from power. He stands by an advert that has caused an outcry: a black sheep being kicked off the Swiss flag by three white sheep, with the slogan “For More Security”.

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