According to the LoiCovid-Non Committee, which includes several groups opposed to the law, protesters believe the existing laws are “sufficient to protect Switzerland from Govt-19 or other infectious diseases.” They argue that the Govt law discriminates against those who are not vaccinated and could lead to “unprecedented divisions in Swiss society.”
Last month, a spokesman for the Friends of the Constitution, part of LoiCovid-Non, referred to Switzerland’s health pass as “health racism”. As the tests are now being paid, the certificate establishes an obligation to vaccinate, Keiler argued. “We try to force people through their wallets,” he said.
The latest wave has hit Switzerland hard, with a seven-day average of 5,000 cases per 8 million population last week. According to the Swiss government’s Govt site, 75,843 new cases have been detected in the country in the last 14 days as of Thursday, which is close to last year’s epidemic.
This is the second time in six months that the Swiss have voted on health measures. In June, citizens supported the 2020 Govt Act with 60.2% of the vote in the first ballot.
Leading the epidemic and its legal updates is a challenge to the federal direct democratic system in which all decisions made at the federal, regional or municipal level will then be questioned by the electorate.
As usual, three laws will be voted on Sunday: the Govt Act, an attempt at “strong nursing care” and an initiative on how federal judges are elected.