About 60 associations, unions and parties are preparing to oppose the arrival in Geneva next week of the controversial French right-wing commentator Eric Zemmour.
This content was published on November 19, 2021 – 16:21
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Zemmour, who has two convictions for hate speech but has risen in the polls as a potential French presidential candidate, is expected in Geneva on Wednesday November 24 for a public debate moderated by Swiss lawyer Marc Bonnant.
But an anti-fascist assembly of some sixty entities told media in Geneva on Friday that it planned to “leave no room for speeches that normalize fascism and racism” and that it expects “a huge demonstration. multicultural and anti-fascist “. They asked for official permission to demonstrate.
Organizers hope to start near the station and then move to where Zemmour will be giving his talk, although this has not yet been revealed. The City of Geneva refused to rent one of its rooms “because of the risk for public order”.
An online petition calling on the Geneva authorities to ban the conference has collected more than 2,250 signatures. Another petition from the Association of French Emigrants, defending the event in the name of freedom of expression, has so far gathered 700 names.
The mayor of Geneva, Frédérique Perler, told Swiss national television station RTS on Sunday that allowing Zemmour to hold a conference in Geneva would be against the values of the city and that he was not welcome. But the cantonal authorities, who have the ultimate decision, have not decided to ban it, believing that the conference does not constitute, as it stands, a risk for public order.