In Winterthur, unidentified individuals pumped a Ukrainian car into oil. It is not the first time in Switzerland.
Several people discovered a car sprayed with a “Z” sign and a swastika in Winterthur. “Z” is a symbol of the Russian invasion of Ukraine.
According to the Bern canton police, graphite was also attached to a vehicle with Ukrainian license numbers in late March.
An Audi-type vehicle with a Ukrainian license plate sprayed with a swastika logo and “Z” was parked in the parking lot at Hegi train station in Winterthur on Tuesday. Not the first incident in Switzerland: At the end of March, graphite was attached to a car with Ukrainian license plates at Uferweg in Burgdorf. As the Bern cantonal police said on request, these were not special marks. The truth is recorded. In addition, complaints were filed. The character is unknown.
The car, which was decorated in Winterthur, was discovered by passersby on Tuesday morning. Winterthur city police have not received any reports so far. “I find it strange that the Ukrainian people in Switzerland are victims of political propaganda and do not feel safe or needed in these difficult times,” Sreten, 23, said.
The Racial Commission also condemned the act. “This act is very shocking, reprehensible and disturbing. It targets the people of Ukraine,” said Giulia Reimann, a research partner at the Federal Commission on Racism FCR.
The “Z” appeared on Russian tanks en route to Ukraine in late February. Russian military equipment was probably marked in this way so that soldiers could distinguish it from the Ukrainian. It is unknown at this time what he will do after leaving the post. One theory suggests that it may be the first letter of the word “Zapad” (“West”). This could mean the direction of the military movement or that the tanks are coming from the western parts of the country. Others also see the memorized response of Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky, whose surname is translated by “Z” in many languages.
The use of the “Z” symbol is punished in Germany
According to Reimann, those affected can file a complaint against unknown individuals to the police or directly to the public prosecutor’s office. “From a legal point of view, criminal liability for discrimination and incitement to hatred, slander, intimidation or destruction of property can only be considered,” says Reimann. Symbols such as the swastika or Z symbol are not punished every second in Switzerland.
However, their use could be punished if racist ideology is propagated. “In addition, such use could also be punished if a group of people were to be discriminated against because of their ethnicity in a way that violates human dignity,” says Reimann. The prosecuting authority will be required to investigate the latter in the current case.
Anyone wearing the “Z” mark in Germany faces up to three years in prison or a fine: the federal states of Lower Saxony and Bavaria are taking action against the use of the logo, which the Russian army used to mark their cars and tanks. during the war in Ukraine. Authorities announced in March that the public use of symbols in Germany, for example, was marred by law. In Lower Saxony there has already been a “corresponding investigation”.
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