On Sunday, March 7, Switzerland held a referendum on three bills at the federal level. The results are reported by Swiss Info, based on data from the Swiss public broadcaster SRG.
The discussion was about the ban on hiding one’s face in public places, the electronic personal identification in the network and the free trade agreement with Indonesia.
The Swiss are in favor of a nationwide ban on face-hiding items such as scarves, balaclavas and burkas. According to Lukas Golder, head of the Institute for Public Opinion Research GFS.Bern, 52.7 percent of voters were in favor of the ban. There is a statistical margin of error of roughly 2 percent.
Anian Liebrand, a member of the “Egerkingen committee” and a spokesman for the proposal, is convinced that the initiative “has launched the long overdue public discussion. According to him, many people supported these arguments. “The result of the vote is already a success regardless of the final outcome,” he concluded. It is noted, however, that left-wing and extreme left-wing forces are outraged by the decision.
At the same time, Stefan Manser-Egli of the leftist lobbying organization Operation Libero called the success of this initiative “a dangerous infiltration of propaganda symbols into politics,” replacing rational discourse.
For her part, Muslim activist Fathima Ifthikar, who opposed the ban, was “disappointed that the symbol-driven tactics of the conservative Swiss People’s Party SVP have once again found popular support.
In January, Switzerland proposed a ban on bans because of the coronavirus. Members of the association “Friends of the Constitution” collected a large number of signatures to hold a referendum to deprive the confederation authorities of the right to impose isolation and other coronavirus restrictions.