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Rightwing sees civil liberties threatened

The rightwing Swiss People’s Party has accused the authorities of tolerating attacks on its offices and its representatives following Sunday’s vote on deporting foreign criminals.

At a news conference on Wednesday senior party officials said the assaults were a threat to freedom of opinion and the right of free assembly.

Last Sunday protestors took to the streets of Zurich smashing up shop windows and breaking the entrance of a hotel in Bern where the initiative committee met. Party offices were also occupied or vandalised.

The People’s Party also claimed that the authorities did not help find a venue for next Saturday’s assembly of delegates in western Switzerland.

The city of Lausanne and the local university both refused to host the delegates over threats of attacks by opponents.

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