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O/T No Longer Buying Toblerone or Other Swiss Goods...

Post by cosmosuave » Wed Oct 24, 2007 9:07 pm

http://www.ctv.ca/servlet/ArticleNews/s ... ?hub=World

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'Black Sheep' campaign posters target immigrants
Updated Sat. Oct. 20 2007 7:29 AM ET

Philip Stavrou, CTV.ca News Staff

At first glace, a tourist in Switzerland might think posters depicting three white sheep kicking a black sheep off the country's flag were the doings of an underground group of fascists.

In fact, the images are part of an election campaign strategy for the SVP (Swiss People's Party) -- the country's most dominant party with the largest share of members in the four-party Swiss coalition.

The posters, which carry slogans like "For more security" and "Provide Safety," are rather tame when contrasted with a video that had been posted on the party's website.

In it, images of "hell" are depicted by foreigners committing crimes. Then "heaven" is represented by images of the country's picturesque landscape, traditional wrestlers and wealthy bankers. The video has since been taken down after the actors in it complained.

The right-wing party, guided by billionaire Christopher Blocher, claims the advertisements are not racially motivated but rather meant to symbolize foreigners that commit serious crimes like rape and murder.

Matthias Müller, a spokesman for the SVP, told U.K.'s The Times that the growing international criticism showed a "deep misunderstanding" of Swiss politics.

"The figures show that we have a severe problem with some immigrants. The increase of crime is caused by the lack of political will of our opponents," said Müller.

"...We are not a racist party but we try to make clear that what is going on in Switzerland is a very dangerous tendency."

The party claims that the image of a "black sheep" is one that's understood in every culture, regardless of race.

"A court recently decided that it's not a racist campaign," Georg Lutz, a political analyst at the University of Bern, told CTV.ca. "The SVP are quite clever with playing the game."

Still, Lutz said the posters are clearly against foreigners and that it wasn't a big stretch to "make a link between a black sheep and black skin colour."
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Post by nebulae » Wed Oct 24, 2007 9:09 pm

But I *heart* swiss chocolate. And those damn swiss army knives. So useful.
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Post by beats me » Wed Oct 24, 2007 9:20 pm

So it looks like Switzerland is no longer a safehouse for just white collar and rich criminals. Some how they let the common thug in?? They really need to fire the door bouncer.

I know that's not at all the point here. Just saying. I don't buy Swiss anyway.

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Post by nebulae » Wed Oct 24, 2007 9:22 pm

...and the cheese...so good on a turkey sandwich...
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Post by senator adam » Wed Oct 24, 2007 9:28 pm

The government is not always the face of the actual people there... This is the problem that many of us Americans face. It does look messed up though.

I prefer leathermans over swiss army knifes anyways :lol:
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Post by nebulae » Wed Oct 24, 2007 9:32 pm

senator adam wrote:I prefer leathermans
Dude, whatever floats your boat is fine with me...I'm fairly open-minded about this sort of thing. But this is a very serious thread.
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Post by sparklepuff » Wed Oct 24, 2007 9:32 pm

I made the switch to gruyere anyways. And Ritter Sport is my chocolaty snack of choice. Green & Black's for when I'm feeling swanky.

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Post by senator adam » Wed Oct 24, 2007 9:39 pm

sparklepuff wrote:Green & Black's for when I'm feeling swanky.

That's good stuff.


sparklepuff wrote:But this is a very serious thread.
Indeed. Toblerone sales are plummeting as we type.
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Post by nebulae » Wed Oct 24, 2007 9:48 pm

eh, sparky never said that?!?!?!?
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Post by senator adam » Wed Oct 24, 2007 9:58 pm

Haha, my bad. I owe you a beer.
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Post by Tone Deft » Wed Oct 24, 2007 9:59 pm

nebulae wrote:I can't believe sparky said that!!!!!!!
yeah, he's a loose cannon that guy but I guess he really hates the Swiss.
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Post by nebulae » Wed Oct 24, 2007 10:00 pm

correction, you owe me leathermans, whatever the fuck that is
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Post by nebulae » Wed Oct 24, 2007 10:03 pm

Tone Deft wrote:
nebulae wrote:I can't believe sparky said that!!!!!!!
yeah, he's a loose cannon that guy but I guess he really hates the Swiss.
Dude, I'd pegged him to be a Swiss hater since his first post:
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What is up with all those fucking holes in swiss cheese? seems supremely inefficient and wasteful. We should nuke those pussies.
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Post by senator adam » Wed Oct 24, 2007 10:38 pm

nebulae wrote:correction, you owe me leathermans, whatever the fuck that is

http://www.leatherman.com/
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Post by nebulae » Wed Oct 24, 2007 10:43 pm

bah, macgyver would never use that shite
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