Aug 17


Zurich gives go-ahead to poster with ‘racist image of Islam’ ahead of Swiss vote on allowing minarets at mosques:

Zurich city council said yesterday that a poster showing missile-like minarets on a Swiss flag can be displayed ahead of a national referendum on whether to ban the building of minarets at mosques in Switzerland.

Zurich followed Lucerne and Geneva in arguing that the posters, which also feature a veiled woman with ‘menacing eyes’, were protected by free speech.

Basel and Lausanne have banned them saying they paint a ‘racist, disrespectful and dangerous image’ of Islam.

The posters, which urge a ban on the building of minarets, are part of a campaign by the nationalist Swiss People’s Party.

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