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Swiss expel French New Black Panther activist

A radical French activist who heads the French branch of the New Black Panther Party was on Thursday expelled from Switzerland for fear he would incite violence, Geneva authorities said.

Swiss expel French New Black Panther activist

Stellio Capo Chichi, better known under the name Kemi Seba, was intercepted at Geneva airport Thursday afternoon and escorted to neighbouring France, where he was handed over to the authorities, the regional Geneva government said in a statement.

The move came shortly after federal Swiss police decided to ban Kemi Seba from entering the country.

He had planned to hold a conference in Geneva on Saturday entitled "Pan-Africanism and the crimes of imperialism", but Swiss authorities feared he would use the occasion to "incite racial hatred and launch appeals for violence".

Kemi Seba is well-known in France as the founder of the first "Tribu K" and later of "Jeunesse Kemi Saba", or Kemi Saba Youth, both of which were dissolved by the French justice ministry for inciting a "racist and anti-Semitic" ideology.

He was appointed head of the French chapter of the NBPP in 2010.

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Switzerland sticks with mountain name despite ‘racist’ ties

A Swiss town on Wednesday refused to rename the Agassizhorn mountain despite its namesake's espousal of racist views.

Switzerland sticks with mountain name despite 'racist' ties
Switzerland's Agassizhorn. Image: Creative Commons

The 19th century Swiss geologist Louis Agassiz was known for research into fish, fossils and glaciers, but he has also been criticised in recent years for defending racist ideas.

After emigrating to the United States in 1846, Agassiz argued for racial segregation and hierarchies, and fiercely attacked Charles Darwin's theory of evolution.

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But mayor of the town of Grindelwald, Beat Bucher, disagreed with those who wanted to change the peak's name, saying: “We cannot erase the stains of history.”

In a reference to the central Swiss summit, Bucher added: “It is better to accept it with its positive and negative aspects.”

The mountain peak, at just under 4,000 metres (13,000 feet) is shared by two other municipalities, Guttannen and Fieschertal, which had already rejected a bid to rename it.

A fresh effort was made after the killing in late May of George Floyd, an African American asphyxiated by a white police officer, generated a global wave of revulsion against racist symbols.

A similar push to rename the mountain was rejected in 2007. 

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