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A flyer released by the Swiss People’s party (aka Schweizerische Volkspartei, or SVP) ahead of a local referendum in Switzerland later this month has caused controversy for saying that foreign citizens should have “no special rights”.

The leaflet shows a queue of diverse people lining up to vote, alongside the words: “No special rights for outsiders [foreigners]! Special participation for outsiders [foreigners] – NO.”

The referendum, which takes place on 14 June, will see the city vote on whether to allow non-Swiss residents to raise issues to the council.

The referendum, which takes place on 14 June, will see the city vote on whether to allow non-Swiss residents to raise issues to the council.

The motion is popular with a local youth parliament and left-wing parties but has been openly opposed by the SVP.

The motion is popular with a local youth parliament and left-wing parties but has been openly opposed by the SVP.

This is not the first time the party has received criticism for their campaigns. In 2009, the party caused controversy with a poster that featured a Muslim woman and minarets on top of the Swiss flag.

This is not the first time the party has received criticism for their campaigns. In 2009, the party caused controversy with a poster that featured a Muslim woman and minarets on top of the Swiss flag.

Translation: “Stop. Yes, ban minarets.”

The poster was part of a campaign against allowing the inclusion of minarets when constructing new mosques. Several cities banned the posters, but Zurich allowed them as part of political free speech.

 

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