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Asylum seekers should be shot: SVP politician

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10:33 CEST+02:00

A far-right politician from the Swiss People's Party (SVP) is expected to resign on Monday after it emerged that he had called on social media sites for asylum seekers to be shot.

Beat Mosimann, who planned to run for election to the Solothurn cantonal parliament next year, made extreme posts on Facebook and other social media in which he called for the martial law shooting of asylum seekers, while describing Muslims as “vermin” that need “disposing of”, newspaper Der Sonntag reports.

He also advocates the use of concentration camps for asylum seekers, divided by sex so the inhabitants cannot “replicate”, with cold showers and toilets that have been dug by the refugees, as well as a food rationing system that restricts interns to 1,000 calories a day. This level is dangerously low when compared to the recommended daily intake for an adult male of around 2,500 calories.

The SVP, Switzerland's largest political party, is seeking to distance itself from Mosimann, who previously worked as a bodyguard for party strongman Christoph Blocher. Party president for Solothurn, National Councillor Walter Wobmann, requested that Mosimann’s resignation be handed in on Monday.

Despite strong suspicions that Mosimann may have breached Swiss anti-racism laws, the prosecutor's office has not yet taken any action.

“We are currently not conducting a case against him,” spokeswoman Karin Steinhauser told Der Sonntag.

This is the second time in as many weeks that a Swiss People’s Party politician has come under fire for racist messages disseminated on social media sites.

Last week, Zurich politician Alexander Müller resigned after suggesting the time was ripe for another Night of the Broken Glass, this time for mosques, in reference to Nazi attacks on synagogues and Jewish-owned businesses in 1938.

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