Swiss voters on Sunday sent a message to the European Union that they will not tolerate the mass migration of Muslims from the Middle East.
The Swiss People’s Party (SVP) took the largest percentage of parliamentary seats over the weekend, making it the dominant political party in Switzerland. It won 29.4 percent of the vote.
The central issue during the election was the massive influx or largely illegal immigrants.
“The vote was clear,” said SVP leader Toni Brunner. “The people are worried about mass migration to Europe.”
The SVP election victory comes nearly two years after the Swiss people voted in favor of a referendum limiting the number of foreigners living in the country.
Socialists lamented the victory and their losses during the election. The Christian Democrats and the Green Liberals also lost seats in the Parliament.
“One theme has unfortunately been very dominant during the campaign,” said Rebecca Ruiz, a candidate for the Socialists. She said the Swiss “people voted out of fear.”
Demonstration Against Mass Immigration
Meanwhile, in the German city of Dresden, a rally Monday is expected to draw 10,000 people. The event marks the first anniversary of the founding of PEGIDA, or Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamization of the Occident.
PEGIDA has organized demonstrations against the Islamization of the Western world and backs restrictions on immigration from Muslim countries.
The German government has responded to the protest by stepping up security.
German intelligence characterizes PEGIDA and its leaders as “hard far-right extremists” and is conducting surveillance of the group.
The Federal Minister of the Interior, Karl Ernst Thomas de Maizière, told the media in Germany anti-immigration groups are inciting violence.
The bureaucrat’s remarks follow the stabbing of a pro-immigration mayoral candidate in the German city of Cologne on Saturday.