Charles-Andre Udry

Letter from Switzerland

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A referendum has led to a constitutional ban on the construction of minarets on mosques. Charles-André Udry reports on the scapegoating of Muslims in the country.

Swiss citizens voted by 57.5 percent in a recent referendum for the introduction of an article into the constitution ruling, "The construction of minarets is forbidden." Participation in the poll, held across the country on 29 November 2009, was very high by Swiss standards, at 53.4 percent. There are currently only four minarets in Switzerland, in Geneva, Basel and Winterthur. The populations of all three of these cities voted against the ban.

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