These are the posters that have symbolised the electoral campaign in Switzerland – yet another racist message from the Swiss People’s Party say critics. Not so, leaders of the UDC/SVP argue, saying it’s just a warning about the security situation in the country. Party chairman Ueli Maurer defended the posters “Black sheep are disturbing factors, which everyone wants to get rid of. It has nothing to do with black and white in a racist sense.”
Immigration is the central theme of the People’s Party, which is demanding stricter conditions for asylum seekers, harsher measures against illegal immigration, and on social aid. A position which has earnt justice minister and leader of the party’s nationalist wing Christoph Blocher a reputation as Switzerland’s most controversial politician.