Skip to Content

The Swiss class photo (Facebook)

Swiss class photo showing almost only migrants hotly debated

The photo of a Zurich school class is currently hotly debated on Facebook. The city of Zurich in Switzerland is now considering legal action against the person who posted it.

Published: February 12, 2018, 2:30 pm

    On Facebook various users have mocked the photo of the school class. The reason is because of the 18 students, there is only one boy with a “real Swiss name and appearance” they say. All children are clearly recognizable and their names appear written in full underneath the pupil’s mugshot.

    An outraged reader reporter the photo on Thursday: “I’m absolutely horrified that innocent children must be used for right-wing views and receive comments that border on racist.” She has deleted all the people who shared the post immediately and never want to have anything to do with these people again. “I hope that there is a possibility that the children or the school can take legal action against these persons,” said the reader.

    The Swiss news outlet 20 Minuten discovered that the pictures were part of an internal school document. The city of Zurich has already been informed about the activities on Facebook: “This totally unreliable Facebook post has affected us very much,” says Marc Caprez, the Head of Communication School and Sport Department of the City of Zurich. The children are entitled to privacy and above all to statutory privacy protection.

    Rafael Rotzer of the anti-immigrant party Pnos posted the picture on Facebook. “We have asked Raphael Rotzer to remove the post within 24 hours and are considering legal action,” says Caprez.

    In the meantime, Rotzer has deleted the photo. “It was not my intention to discriminate against the children in the picture, but to show what schools in our country look like,” he wrote on Facebook.

    Pnos spokesman Dominic Lüthard responded: “With the post one simply wanted to point out and question the development of society.” The children should not be condemned either. “It does not mean that everyone is criminal,” says Lüthard.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    Europe

    Swedish mother sexually assaulted outside asylum centre – media censored her description of the attacker

    DOCUMENTARYBoth media and the police refused to publish her description of an Afghani perpetrator after Mikaela, 40, was subjected to a rape attempt outside the asylum centre in a small village called Deje. Watch the Swedish documentary about the case with English subtitles.

    After Strasburg ‘the Yellow Vests must stop’ says Minister of Justice

    StrasburgAsked about the continued demonstrations by Yellow Vests in the context of the latest Strasbourg terror attack, French Justice Minister Nicole Belloubet said the movement "must stop", because President Emmanuel Macron has provided "answers" to their demands.

    Bamberg: Arrest warrants against migrants who wanted to kill policemen

    BambergGerman police in Bamberg had to send in reinforcements to end a migrant riot in the asylum reception center of the town. In the night of Tuesday even special forces were called in to bring the situation under control.

    Belgium faces government crisis as result of UN Global Migration Compact

    BrusselsThe dispute over the UN Compact on Migration has led to the end of the coalition government in Belgium. Unfazed, Prime Minister Charles Michel plans to continue as part of a minority government and will sign the agreement.

    An anti-immigration billboard campaign hits the streets of Brussels

    BrusselsA Hungarian counter-campaign has been launched against EU migrant propaganda spearheaded by EU heavyweight Guy Verhofstad, and is spreading on social media.

    Bullying and harassment at Sweden’s new Gender Equality Agency

    Sweden is often synonymous with feminist fanaticism. The country's Gender Equality Agency was opened in January this year and is thus one of its newest agencies. However, even before the government could celebrate a year, 70 percent of the staff are at risk of ill health and more than half suffer from burnout and fatigue. It seems the agency's disastrous workplace culture is related to its staunchly feminist leadership. There is not a single man in the "equal" management group.

    Macron and his wife discuss decorations with media while country burns

    ParisBetween the first two Saturdays of massive demonstrations by the Yellow Vests, Emmanuel and Brigitte Macron were redecorating their palace. They invited guests to the new "dialogue space" from which the Yellow Vests were conspicuously absent.

    German government funds brochure attacking natural gender roles

    BerlinIn true Stasi fashion, the Federal Ministry for Family Affairs in Germany has allegedly been funding a brochure for young children encouraging them to spy on their conservative parents.

    Macron backs down on climate change fuel tax

    ParisFrench President Emmanuel Macron has called for a six-month suspension of the government's proposed "climate change" fuel tax, backing down in the face of angry Yellow Vest protests throughout France for more than three weeks.

    After failed referendum Swiss anti-immigration party fears EU takeover

    BernAfter a failed sovereignist referendum in Switzerland on the encroaching powers of Brussels, the largest party in the Swiss parliament warned that the country was now facing a "massive erosion" of their unique democracy.

    Go to archive