Switzerland rules under direct democracy meaning,giving citizens an extraodinary amount of participation in the legislation process and granting them a maximum of political self-determination.
The amount of mass migration to Western European countries is known to all. The Swiss People Party’s rolled out an initiative expel foreign criminals even over very petty crimes. The initiative will be put to vote with public and if passed it would mean up to 18,000 foreigners could be expelled from Switzerland every year for what could be just two minor offences in past ten years. A major point to note is that a quarter of the country’s population is foreign passport holders.
What I would like to speak of is a video, filmed by a group of friends calling themselves Collective Bièvre, shows four white sheep chasing after a black sheep, mimicking the SVP’s controversial poster which shows a white sheep kicking a black sheep out of Switzerland.
However in the light-hearted video, when the white sheep catch up to the black, they embrace her in a group hug – and are quickly joined by several passers-by.
The video ends with the slogan: “Don’t be a sheep. You are not racist”.
Since the group published their video on Facebook it has been viewed 667,000 times, has over 11,000 shares and hundreds of comments, mostly positive.
My personal opinion, I was with Switzerland when in 2010 they passed a law to deport foreign nationals who committed serious offense as rape, murder and the likes, but for some petty offense such as traffic violations, fighting and indecent exposure deportation might be a big punishment.
Have a look at the video, I found it amusing and that’s what I call direct democracy where a video is used position Switzerland as a positive country and not intolerant and inhuman.
I am Swiss and I am not racist says this video https://t.co/luKyq4csH8
— Shweta dave (@shwetadave) February 28, 2016
A poll by gfs.bern earlier this month found 49% of those questioned opposed the text while 46% were in favour – but with five per cent still undecided, the vote could go either way.