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Consultation plans Minority groups to benefit from better protection

Jewish religious symbols on a door to a synagogue

The security measures are aimed at preventing attacks notably on Jewish and Muslim sites in Switzerland, but also against ethnic or LGBT communities.  

(Keystone)

The government has presented plans to spend up to CHF500,000 ($503,000) annually to protect minority groups in Switzerland against militant extremism and terrorist attacks.

The proposal foresees financial contributions for additional building measures, including walls, security gates and video and alarm installations, to prevent potential attacks on Jewish and Muslim communities, according to the Federal Justice Office.

The funds may also be used for public awareness campaigns and training courses about risk and prevention measures.

The proposal covers not only religious communities but also ethnic groups including Roma, Sinti and Jenish communities, as well as organisations representing LGBT persons.

Security organisationsexternal link from the national, cantonal and local authorities last year recommended stepping up cooperation between the intelligence service, the police, and representatives of minority groups that may be at risk from attacks.

The government was asked to draft regulations, which will now be sent for consultation to political parties, cantons, organisations and institutions involved.

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