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Amnesty mocks SVP over asylum laws

Malcolm Curtis · 1 Oct 2012, 17:01

Published: 01 Oct 2012 17:01 GMT+02:00

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The NGO targets politicians from the right-wing populist Swiss People’s Party (SVP) while poking fun at what it regards as their heartless approach to people seeking refuge on humanitarian grounds.

In a video released as part of the campaign, SVP federal cabinet minister Ueli Maurer MP and party strongman Christoph Blocher are depicted as Somalian refugees sitting outside a shabby mobile home.

They are seated on either side of a pot where horns in a bubbling soup appear to be the remains of the SVP’s famous mascot, a goat named Zottel.

Maurer tells Blocher not to look so sullen.

“Me, I’m also hungry,” Blocher replies.

“But even so, we are not going to eat our mascot!”

SVP politicians are being singled out for their support of laws that make life for asylum seekers more difficult.

“After their rebirth as Somalians, certain people would be happy to find themselves previously opposed to toughening of asylum laws,” a voice-over says at the end of the video. 

Following recent legislation passed by parliament for tougher legislation, the SVP last week called for further action to ensure that asylum seekers are placed in closed internment camps.

The video and various posters are part of a “that’s enough” campaign calling for a “just and humane” approach to asylum in the country.

By humorously depicting politicians known for their positions in favour of tougher asylum policies in the position of migrants seeking asylum, Amnesty said in a news release on Monday that it hoped to “awaken a sentiment of solidarity and understanding for asylum seekers”.

The campaign, supported by other groups, runs until the end of the month.

Malcolm Curtis (news@thelocal.ch)

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Your comments about this article

2012-10-02 05:39:50 by nathan45
This is the headline I read right next to this article: "Two Kurdish brothers from Iraq, living as refugees in Switzerland, have been charged with taking part in a "terrorist" organization linked to Al-Qaeda, the Swiss attorney general's office said on Monday" ENOUGH SAID! Why do we feel so obligated to let these people in does any one really think that if we tried to seek asylum in the middle east we would be welcomed NO!!!
2012-10-02 13:30:02 by HoppSuisse
Right, The Zurich Police has said that since amnesty has gone up (about 5 fold) crime has skyrocketed. The prisons are full of them and the system does not know how to handle prisoners that are violent.

2012-10-02 19:11:13 by DJJ
These Amnesty International people do not see the BIG picture. They think Switzerland is suppose to let everyone in, no matter what. They can care less about the consequences to Switzerland overall. I think they should stop amnesty altogether, at least for a loooong while...
2012-10-03 17:28:41 by Cheshire Cat Grin
The end result of a con or hustle is never part of its pitch, and is never displayed up front. The leaders in all white countries and only white countries, who look like us and have no loyalty to us, will use a "need of labor" or a "feel sorry for the refugees" sentiment, or some other excuse, to bring tens of millions of non-whites into every white country, then implement forced assimilation, and call you a naziwhowantstokillsixmillionjews if you disagree. What is the End Game of this massive immigration and forced assimilation? WHITE GENOCIDE.
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