20 MINUTEN ONLINE (Switzerland)
ZURICH - "Maybe we need another Kristallnacht...this time for mosques." That tweet was sent from the account of Alexander Müller, a member of the Schweizerische Volkspartei (SVP), a right-wing populist party. The Kristallnacht, or Night of Broken Glass, is the name given to an infamous night in 1938, when the Nazis destroyed thousands of synagogues along with businesses and homes belonging to Jews in Germany and Austria. It is viewed by historians as the beginning of the Holocaust.
According to 20 Minuten Online, the Zurich prosecutor's office is looking into opening an investigation, spokeswoman Corinne Bouvard confirmed. "It is possible that the tweet violates anti-racism laws," she said.
Müller has denied sending the now-deleted tweet. However, a look at his other tweets and blog cast at least some doubt on his claim. He weighs in against integration, mocks a Saudi Arabian beauty contest, and talks about the Islamization of Switzerland, saying that Muslims are "littering" the country with mosques and minarets.