Monday, October 20, 2003

"Certain ethnic groups"

There is some interesting stuff going on in Switzerland:

The nationalist Swiss People's Party won the highest share of votes in parliamentary elections yesterday after running a campaign that accused the government of being soft on crime and immigration, state-owned Swiss television projected.

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The Swiss People's Party has been gaining strength in recent years, warning that cherished Swiss values of independence and neutrality are being lost and evoking a time when Switzerland had less crime and fewer foreigners.

Full-page newspaper ads by the party last week said, "Certain ethnic groups dominate the criminal statistics," noting that the number of rapes in Switzerland had risen 70 percent and murders 32 percent in recent years.

Funny, I figured the Swiss would be neutral on rape.


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