Federal Railways wants fewer political posters

Swiss Federal Railways has decided not to have a concentration of right-wing Swiss People’s Party campaign posters at Zurich main station this autumn.

This content was published on September 20, 2011 minutes and agencies

During the summer passengers complained that there were too many posters, according to a spokesman for the rail company.

A current poster shows feet walking on the Swiss flag and reads “Stop mass immigration”, while another proclaims, “Swiss people vote for the Swiss People’s Party”.

“We had a great deal of negative reactions,” Stefan Nünlist told the Swiss News Agency on Tuesday, noting that the People’s Party was planning another wave of advertising for October – election time.

For this reason, Swiss Federal Railways has asked the company responsible for hanging the posters not to place them in the main hall, and to spread them out.

The Swiss People’s Party has invested quite a bit of money on advertising campaigns this year. Between May and August, it spent SFr3.39 million ($3.83 million).

In comparison, the centre-right Radical Party spent SFr1.77 million and the centre-right Christian Democratic Party spent SFr1.27 million. The remaining parties invested more modest sums: anywhere from SFr8,257 to SFr295,000.

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