Swiss People's Party
|How the sausage is made|
The Swiss People's Party (German: Schweizerische Volkspartei, SVP; French: Union démocratique du centre, UDC) is a nationalist political party in Switzerland disguised as a "conservative" populist party. Their party logo is a cutesy smiley sun but there's nothing sunny about this party. They won popularity in the 2003 election, and since then, have come under fire for their anti-immigration stances and racism. They are largely responsible for numerous referenda that were blatantly xenophobic and racist, and they have worked to curtail immigration in Switzerland. Most notable of these referenda are a ban on minarets on mosques and an implementation of strict immigration quotas.
While they insist that they are merely "anti-mass immigration", their posts are explicitly racist, employing racist caricatures of immigrants. These posters, often strongly resembling Nazi propaganda, also insinuate a Jewish conspiracy and depict people who need government assistance as worms crawling over an apple or rats tearing open a wallet.
Gallery of hate
- BBC: Swiss row over black sheep poster by Imogen Foulkes
- BBC: Swiss immigration: 50.3% back quotas, final results show
- New York Times: Immigration, Black Sheep and Swiss Rage by Elaine Sciolino
- Leudi, J. (March 20, 2016). "Switzerland’s Trump and the rise of the right". Global Risk Insights. Retrieved July 4, 2020.