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Tuesday, October 13, 2009
The Swiss People's Party (SVP) is at it again—this time with a poster urging a ban on the building of any minarets in the country. The poster shows a woman in a burka and the minarets on top of a Swiss flag. Some have said that the minarets look like missiles. There will be a referendum on November 29 on a possible ban on the building of new minarets.
The cities of Zurich, Geneva, Lucerne, and Winterthur have allowed this poster to be displayed as a matter of freedom of speech, according to BBC News. However, Basel, Lausanne and Fribourg have banned the public display of the poster.
According to a poll, about 35% of voters favor the ban, while 51% are opposed to it.
The SVP is the top vote-getting party in parliamentary elections in Switzerland.
[Thanks to Joshua Seidman-Zager for sending the link to the BBC News article.]
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