At an event at the University of Geneva
Stink attack on SVP Vice President Amaudruz
At the University of Geneva, left-wing activists disrupted an event with SVP National Councilor Céline Amaudruz. They tried to throw a cake at her and sprayed a stinking concoction.
The Geneva National Councilor Céline Amaudruz was invited to participate as a jury member in a debating competition at the University of Geneva.
Leah HartmannEditor Politics
Armed with a cream cake and stinking nettle fertilizer, a group of masked men tried to storm a room at the University of Geneva last Wednesday. Reason and aim of the attack: SVP National Councilor Céline Amaudruz (43). The Geneva native, vice-president of the national party, was a member of the jury in a debating competition on the subject of Swiss neutrality, which was organized by the debating club of the University of Geneva and the foreign policy think tank Foraus.
Amaudruz’s invitation was a thorn in the side of left-wing activists. Among other things, they accuse the SVP of being racist, sexist and homophobic. Amaudruz took the “fascist side”. “And fascists have no place in our training centers!” says an article that appeared on the Renversé.co platform in western Switzerland.
“Amaudruz, you stink!”
The debating club described the action in a statement as “absolutely intolerable”. As you write, an attempt was made to prevent the militant activists from entering the hall. Two would have made it in anyway. The cake was taken away from them, but one of the two sprayed a “chemical liquid” and “Anti-Fascist Geneva – Amaudruz, you stink!” called. According to the disturbers, the liquid was a stinking mixture of nettles that is used as fertilizer. The attackers then fled.
One of the activists is said to have been a board member of the Union of Student Unions of the University of Geneva.
University condemns disruptive action
SVP National Councilor Amaudruz has not yet responded to a request to view the incident. The board of the Geneva Club regrets the incident and calls on the University of Geneva to impose appropriate sanctions. It would have been preferable if the activists had expressed their political opinion “with words rather than with terror”.
The university also condemned the disruptive action in the strongest possible terms. “Respect for people as well as for opinions is the basis of every debate.” What happened is “in complete contradiction to the values of our institution,” a spokesman told the Geneva free newspaper GHI.