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Swiss Right-Wing Leader Accused Of Anti-Muslim 'Kristallnacht' Tweet

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.

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End-Of-Regime Vibe? Supreme Leader Keeps Referring To Shah's Final Days

In recent weeks, Ali Khamenei, Iran's Supreme Leader, has made repeated references to the end of Iran's last regime in 1979. Is may be a sign the country is indeed approaching another kind of revolution.

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Iran's Supreme Leader al Khamenei on Jan. 9

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-Analysis-

Iran's Supreme Leader Ayatollah Ali Khamenei has ordered his forces to clamp down with renewed vigor on the remains of the mass protests that erupted across Iran in mid-September. Initially a reaction to police brutality, these turned into the biggest anti-state protests of the Islamic Republic's 40-year history.

And they continue, in spite of thousands of arrests, more than 500 deaths on the streets and in custody, and four hangings. There was also outrage in Britain and across the world after the execution of British-Iranian Alireza Akbari, who had been sentenced to death.

All of this has angered the leader. In a speech in Tehran last week, Khamenei called the protests "treason" aimed at destroying Iran's "security, production of knowledge, economic output and tourism."

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