ZURICH–Two Turks were arrested on Saturday on suspicion of breaking the Swiss anti-racism laws for denying that the killing of Armenia’s in the early 20th century was genocide.
The two were arrested at a conference in the Zurich suburb of Winterthur, where posters were hung and leaflets distributed rejecting that the killing was genocide. One of the Turks organized the event and the other was shouting slogans before a crowd.
Switzerland’s anti-racism legislation, which previously applied to Holocaust denial, was used earlier this year to prosecute a Turkish politician for denying at a gathering in 2005 that the Turks committed genocide in the World War I-era killings, the Turkish Daily News reports.
Last week, a Swiss cantonal court upheld the conviction against Dogu Perincek, the leader of the Workers’ Party (?P), as well as an order for him to pay a fine of 3,000 Swiss fran’s ($2,450).
Police later released the two, pending a trial.