On Sunday, Switzerland held a referendum for citizens to vote yay or nay on the country’s COVID-19 law.
The COVID-19 legislation includes vaccine passports to attend public events and gatherings.
Catherine Austin Fitts made this plea for Swiss citizens to vote no:
“Certificates offer you inclusion into slavery” – Cathetine Austin Fitts
— Abir Ballan (@abirballan) November 28, 2021
— James Melville (@JamesMelville) November 28, 2021
Switzerland 🇨🇭 VOTES ON ENDING RESTRICTIONS
🚨Well, THIS BACKFIRED!
Vax passports introduced to ‘encourage’ vax uptake, instead encouraged RESISTANCE!
‘many took to the streets and others gathered enough signatures to CHALLENGE THE COVID CERTIFICATE in Sunday’s referendum.’ pic.twitter.com/iap1fRRwx2
— Sandra Weeden (@SandraWeeden) November 27, 2021
How did the vote turnout?
Fear & slavery won over freedom & liberty.
The majority voted to retain COVID-19 restrictions & vaccine passports.
Swiss voters back COVID-19 pass in bid to tackle rise in infections pic.twitter.com/RdTkFZzlPl
— Deleuze (@Kukicat7) November 29, 2021
Switzerland, final results:
National referendum on COVID-19 Act (Amendment).
— Europe Elects (@EuropeElects) November 28, 2021
— swissinfo.ch (@swissinfo_en) November 28, 2021
Switzerland votes to KEEP its Covid restrictions in place in referendum https://t.co/d3otfeWdm9
— Daily Mail Online (@MailOnline) November 29, 2021
Swiss voters approved a policy which is already in place by a clear margin, with final results showing 62% voting in favour.
— Metro (@MetroUK) November 29, 2021
Switzerland’s referendum on COVID restrictions has voted 62% in favour of retaining COVIDmania. That’s disappointing but it does tell us 38% were smart enough to vote against.
Maintain the rage – 38% is a hard floor and will only grow from here.https://t.co/EVTgNae5n5
— John Ruddick 🌸 (@JohnRuddick2) November 28, 2021
Lived in Switzerland as a child and not surprised at this. Still, I find it chilling how people are gladly giving up their freedom.
“With a 65.72% participation, the referendum showed that most Swiss voters are unwilling to give up restrictive measures against Covid-19.”
— Karen Hunt aka KH Mezek (@karenalainehunt) November 29, 2021
Two polls were taken in Switzerland last week measuring support for a referendum on whether to end COVID restrictions. Polls said 67% & 72% would favour retaining COVID restrictions.
Final result was 62%. Due to fear of the police state, polls are understating COVID opposition. pic.twitter.com/CvxrsmEu2w
— John Ruddick 🌸 (@JohnRuddick2) November 29, 2021
swissinfo summarized the referendum results:
In June, 60% approved the initial text of the Covid law, the legal framework for the financial and health measures taken by government to deal with the pandemic. Five months later, an even bigger number has now supported a series of amendments to the law, outline more financial aid as well as the legal basis for the hotly-debated Covid certificate.
With one of the highest turnouts in decades – almost 66% – 24 of the country’s 26 cantons said “yes”. Only Schwyz, who also rejected the law in June, and small Appenzell Inner Rhoden went against the trend.
“Ultimately it’s another confirmation of the government’s position”, Urs Bieri of gfs.bern told SRF radio on Sunday. Bieri said that while the campaign was more heated than in June, voters decided on the basis of their “everyday experience”. Citizens’ opinions were based on their views of the utility of vaccination and the certificate and not on the basis of which political groups are saying what, he said.
At a press conference in Bern, Interior Minister Alain Berset said the result would enable the government to “continue its pandemic efforts” – particularly its support for struggling individuals and businesses. He also referred to the “nasty” prospect raised by the new Omicron variant, and the current tense health situation in Switzerland.
On Friday, 8,032 new Covid-19 cases were reported in the country, 50% higher than the level early last week. Numbers are currently doubling every two weeks.
Although the Swiss government hasn’t ramped up COVID-19 restrictions like other European nations, the assurance of Sunday’s vote may incentivize authorities to pursue stricter policies.
Daily Mail noted:
The Swiss federal government, unlike others, hasn’t responded with new restrictions.
Analysts said it did not want to stir up more opposition to its policies before they faced Sunday’s test at the ballot box, but now that voters gave a thumbs-up, the government may well ratchet up its anti-Covid efforts.
Health Minister Alain Berset said, with the result, authorities ‘still have the necessary instruments to manage the crisis, and we can, if necessary, adjust the instruments to developments.’
Of the country’s 26 cantons, only two – Schwyz and Appenzell Innerrhoden, both conservative rural regions in eastern Switzerland – voted against the legislation.
‘A decision has been made and we must come together now to get through this winter as well as possible,’ Berset said. ‘This is an appeal for unity but also for respect for decisions that have been taken.’
Turnout on Sunday was 65.7 per cent, unusually high for a country that holds referendums several times a year.
On Tuesday, Swiss health authorities warned of a rising ‘fifth wave’ on infections in the rich Alpine country, where vaccination rates are roughly in line with those in hard-hit neighbors Austria and Germany at about two-thirds of the population. Infection rates have soared in recent weeks.
The seven-day average case count in Switzerland shot up to more than 5,200 per day from mid-October to mid-November, a more than five-fold increase.
Austria, meanwhile, has imposed a national lockdown to fight the rising infections.
It comes as the first probable case of the Omicron variant has been detected in Switzerland, the government said late on Sunday, as the country tightened its entry restrictions to check its spread.