On November 28th, the Swiss voted in one of their many referendums. The topic of this referendum was the deportation of criminal foreigners. This seems innocent enough, but the Swiss, at least for one local party, found a way to give it an anti-female anti-Islam twist. Sadly, this initiative, spearheaded (as usual) by the Swiss People’s Party (SVP/UDC in French) passed at almost 53%, albeit with a low participation rate by Swiss standards.
Known for its colorful campaign posters with “Islamic themes” (see, for example, the minaret posters from 2009 and the “black sheep” campaign) the UDC did not disappoint this time around in their national campaign, which centered around Ivan S., a burly man of dubious Eastern European, with the caption: “Ivan S, rapist, soon to be Swiss?” (a picture of the black sheep and the Ivan S. poster side by side can be seen here)
As if the wife beater-clad and mustached Ivan S. wasn’t sensational enough of a character, the local UDC in Wohlen took the poster tradition a bit further, and created a poster from which even the national party structure took its distance.
On one side, the poster shows a series of shapely, blonde and naked Swiss ladies bathing in the pure, clean water of the Zurich, with the caption “Switzerland 2010.” On the other side, with the caption “Switzerland 2030,” a series of veiled and fully clothed women, also of dubious Eastern European origin, smoking and carrying on in the now dirty water of the lake of Zurich (shown at right—you can see both pictures here). The message of the Wohlen section is clear: foreign immigrant women are dirty, ugly and polluting. [Read more...]