Parties denounce assault on politician

Switzerland‘s four main political parties have condemned an attack by leftwing extremists on parliamentarian Hans Fehr, a senior member of the rightwing Swiss People’s Party.

This content was published on January 25, 2011 - 11:37 and agencies

Fehr, who was beaten as he was making his way to the traditional annual party meeting in Zurich, filed charges on Monday against persons unknown.

He suffered bruised ribs and grazes in the incident and was taken to hospital.

A statement from the People’s Party, the centre-left Social Democratic Party, as well as the centre-right Radicals and Christian Democrats, said such an assault was an attack against democracy.

The statement also made the point that Switzerland was proud that many people in high office could move freely around the country without bodyguards. This, it added, was something that had to be preserved. 

Fehr is his party’s campaign manager for the general elections in October.

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