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Woman held for shooting Brazilian bouncer

A 31-year-old Swiss woman was arrested at the weekend after a 34-year-old Brazilian bouncer and security guard was shot dead in a Zurich suburb.

The incident occurred following a quarrel in an apartment building in Affoltern on Saturday night.

Neighbour Roland Steiner told the Blick newspaper he heard several gun shot wounds and saw through the peephole in his door a blonde woman flee down the stairs.

Steiner entered the apartment and saw the Brazilian, identified as Luis C., on his back with no clothes on.

"Luis was lying naked in the hallway in his blood,” Steiner said.

“He wheezed, was badly hit on the chest, loin and thigh. "

Steiner called police and ambulance services but attempts to resuscitate the victim failed.

The woman was subsequently arrested in her car after she had thrown away the gun, police said.

The Brazilian was described in media reports as a “gentle giant”  who had many girlfriends.

Weighing 120 kilograms and 190 centimetres tall, he was an amateur kick boxer and fitness trainer in his spare time, according to reports.

While some described him as a teddy bear, one woman, Angela Vasapollo, 23, called him a rogue.

“The girlfriends changed as often as the weather,” Vasapollo told Blick, adding that police had been at the man’s apartment before.

Police continue to investigate the case.

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‘3,000 francs a month?’: Zurich to vote on trying universal basic income

On Sunday September 25th, while the Swiss will decide on three national issues in a national referendum, Zurich voters will weigh in on a pilot project involving the recurring issue of universal basic income.

'3,000 francs a month?': Zurich to vote on trying universal basic income

The idea of the government handing out a set amount of money to its citizens is not a novel concept in Switzerland: in 2016, a referendum made Switzerland the first country in the world to vote at national level on this issue.

But 76.9 percent of voters rejected this initiative because they could not see how it could be funded without increasing taxes.

Some left-leaning districts in Zurich, however, voted in favour of the universal basic income (UBI), and while nothing came of it on the national level at the time, the city will re-vote on this issue on Sunday.

READ MORE: Zurich to roll out universal basic income pilot project

While the exact details are still muddy, voters will decide whether to offer “free” money on monthly basis to 500 residents chosen for the pilot project.

Though the amount is not yet determined, it could likely be between 2,500 and 3,000 francs a month.

Contrary to what had been proposed at the federal level in 2016, the part paid by the city government will vary according to income from work.

For the political left, which launched the proposal, UBI “represents a possible answer to current challenges such as automation, poverty and the climate crisis”, the group says on its website.

Among the opponents, the municipal council “believes that paid work is the most important element to ensure the livelihood of individuals and at the same time create social prosperity”.

Does this proposal have a chance of success?

Based on the outcome of the national vote, probably not.

On a municipal level too, such initiatives have already failed in Bern and Lucerne.

However, as Swiss media points out, “Zurich is very left”, so perhaps UBI can get more of a boost there.

As far as the national referendum on September 25th is concerned, this article explains what issues will be voted on:

Pensions, farming and tax: What issues will the Swiss vote on this month?
 

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