A Nazi salute is not illegal racial discrimination provided it is intended as a personal statement, Switzerland’s top court ruled on Wednesday.
The Federal Tribunal’s ruling, entitled “Hitler salute in public not always punishable,” said the gesture is a crime only if someone is using it to try to spread racist ideology to others, not simply declaring one’s own conviction.
Sounds about right. However vile your opinions are you should be allowed to express them. But perhaps not to attempt to convert….akin to incitement to violence possibly?
But much more importantly:
The Swiss were shocked by a mass march on August 1, 2000 when a neo-Nazi mob booed and humiliated then-Finance Minister Kaspar Villiger during his speech on the Ruetli and, according to the anti-racism commission, Adolf Ogi, who was Swiss president at the time, “had to apply for special protection during a national celebration, which was paid for privately”.
That’s the correct way to treat politicians. They want protection from the howling mob then they can pay for the protection themselves.