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Heil Tolerance! Nazi salute OK in Switzerland…if it's not political

Published time: May 22, 2014 13:17
Edited time: May 22, 2014 16:56

Reuters / Darren Hauck

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A Nazi salute may – or may not – land you in jail in Switzerland. Apparently, you are safe if you manage to prove that it was intended as a personal statement and not a marker of political affiliation, the country’s highest court has ruled.

The decision, entitled “Hitler salute in public not always punishable,” implies the following: “Unless one is proven to be spreading racist ideology, they’re free to express a personal sentiment or belief with the gesture.” That is what Lausanne’s Federal Tribunal said Wednesday, according to AP.

The hearing was a continuation of earlier 2010 proceedings in the case of a man who faced the racial discrimination conviction for taking part in an August demonstration of that year. The rally, involving a crowd of 150 people, was held a week after the Swiss National Day at a historic place where the modern Swiss Confederation is believed to have been born in 1291.

The man, according to the papers, had substituted the Swiss oath with a 20-second Nazi salute – something a local court initially ruled to be a crime, with the decision now overturned.

Switzerland is not without its own issues of racial hatred. For the past 10 years, the country has seen a steady presence of right-wing groups, which show up each National Day to disrupt the occasion.

A 1995 law prohibits all Nazi symbolism from being spread for the purpose of promoting racist ideology. But still in 2010 the Swiss Federal Council, which included the president, decided not to ban the Nazi salute and swastika symbol. Many other countries, including Germany, Austria and the Czech Republic, deem the Nazi salute illegal.

A similar case existed in Switzerland with regard to some verbal expressions that may be deemed insulting, including “foreign swine” or “filthy asylum seeker” uttered in German. However, since those are common and widespread insults in the German language, the court ruled they do not amount to racist attacks.

Comments (33)


Jibril Nturi 14.07.2014 19:34

Mark Calvin 24.05.2014 04:23

Switzerland is for Swiss people, not mudslims and jews. "Multiculturali sm" is occupation of white countries by jews and whatever forces they can amass by doling out money stolen from Europeans.


Ye s,you are right,Switzerland is for the Swiss.
Likewise, all Latin American countries are for the indigenous people(red Indians) and all African countries such as South Africa,Zimbabwe,Nami bia,Angola etc belong to black Africans.So,what should be done to those white swines in the said countries?
Else, try to switch on your common sense.


Joseph Swanson 26.05.2014 19:46

Part Two: Furthermore, this being has no more business being in Europe any more than I have being in africa. He is worried about the ancient Aryan salute? But he is not worried about White genocide, multiculturalism, homosexuality, anarchism, feminism, one hundred million killed and counting, all brought to us by the destroyers of White civilization…the communist. Typical communist, does not like or allow for opposition to their tyranny.


Joseph Swanson 26.05.2014 19:46

Part One: This RT article is bias. They have Weyman Bennett, an in fact member of a communist organization who is also known for it’s violence is not the source of objectivity. It’s the same as asking the fox to guard the hen house. Communists and Fascists hate each other.

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