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A blog dedicated to the examination of communications in election campaigns, with a focus on posters

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Posted by Steven Seidman at 5:05PM   |  1 comment
SVP, "Stop. Consider a Minaret Ban," Switzerland (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 has issued controversial posters previously, including the "black sheep" poster of 2007 and the "black crows" poster of 2008.

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.]


Posted by Steven Seidman at 10:10AM   |  Add a comment
Swiss People's Party poster/billboard, 2009 (Photo:Fabrice Coffrini/AFP)

Last month, the Swiss electorate voted for a referendum allowing the free movement of workers in 27 European Union (EU) countries. Almost 60% favored the referendum.

The opposition to the referendum was led by the Swiss People's Party (SVP), the top vote-getting party in parliamentary elections in Switzerland, and producer of the infamous "black sheep" poster of 2007 (see previous blog entry).

This time around, the SVP disseminated a poster that showed several black crows pecking at a map of Switzerland. The crows probably symbolize Romania and Bulgaria (the newest, but poorer countries in the EU), which the SVP believes will flood wealthier Switzerland with workers, taking jobs away from Swiss citizens and increasing costs for
social-welfare benefits.

 


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