|SVP election poster|
Zottel, the SVP's official mascot, has come to symbolize the party's anti-immigrant stance, and provided an endearing visual for a grossly xenophobic party platform. The SVP adopted the snow-white billie in 2007, after plastering the country with eye-catching posters that depicted a white sheep kicking a black sheep off the Swiss flag.
Outraged by the party's ultra-nationalism, members of a group called Anti Fascist Action stole Zottel and his sidekick Mimu on Oct. 15—a move intended to dent the SVP's morale ahead of federal elections on Oct. 23. SVP officials recovered the animals earlier this week. "The dwarf goats were tied to a tree and painted in black," the SVP said in a statement. "[The party] condemns the cowardly act by extremist delinquents."Now SVP's leadership are interpreting the rescue as an omen of victory in this weekend's election—yet another indicator of what appears a foregone conclusion.
|Tammi-Q with his groovy music longhorn|
I prefer the other images of this little landlocked country. Of course, I would add at least one long horn blowing yodeller to the mix!