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Switzerland: Refugees demand removal of “White Cross” from the Swiss flag



The Muslim refugees in Switzerland have put forward a demand to remove the “White Cross” from the Swiss flag, maintaining that the current pattern of flag does not represents so-called multi-cultural Switzerland.

News is that this demand was first put forth, in October 2015; when the Muslims began inciting the Swiss citizens to change the flag pattern to another one which might be “less offensive to the Muslims.” They claim that since the white cross on the Swiss flag is a Christian symbol and it “no longer corresponds to today’s multicultural Switzerland.”

Thus far this demand has been termed as idiotic by the majority of Swiss citizens. This demand was moved by a group of Muslims which is known as “Secondos,” which launched this campaign nationwide in October last year. Up to this point, this senseless proposal has met with indignation across the Swiss political realm. This proposal may also fan the anti-immigrant sentiments raising head in Switzerland also like several other European countries.

While remarking about this proposal, a Councillor with the conservative Swiss People’s Party (SVP) – Sylvia Flückiger said that this demand is “Totally unacceptable. With our Swiss flag there is nothing to change. The next thing you know, they will demand even more, that we change our constitution.”

Centre-right Christian Democrats (CVP) Spokeswoman- Marianne Binder said: “This is just what was missing, that we need to change our flag. The Swiss flag is part of Swiss identity, precisely because it is inviting for all to want to be involved…even the immigrants.”

Furthermore, the General Secretary of the Libertarian Free Democrats (FDP) – Stefan Brupbacher said: “This is utter nonsense. The Swiss cross is an extremely successful and valuable global brand. It is a symbol of success and quality. We will tightly hold on to it, out of love for Switzerland.”