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Minaret Mania

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Graphic: minarette.ch

Basel has become the latest Swiss city to ban a poster by the right-wing Swiss People’s Party (SVP) showing a sinister-looking, burqa clad, dark-skinned woman standing with a Swiss flag punctured by minarets.

The poster is the latest salvo fired in the anti-minaret initiative, which is coming up for vote at the end of November. If passed, the initiative would forbid the erecting of new minarets in the country.

According to swissinfo, Lausanne, Montreux, Fribourg and Yverdon-les-Bains, have outlawed the posters. Geneva, Zurich, Winterthur and Lucerne are allowing them on the grounds of free speech.

If nothing else, the SVP has never been sheepish about its anti-foreigner, anti-Muslim stance.

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