It was the last Time in Swiss history that live ammunition on protesters was shot. On the blood night, of Geneva, 9. November, 1932.
This week, the national Council bends to the special session on the events of the time. An initiative of the Canton of Geneva requires that the seven convicted, the protesters will be rehabilitated. A total of 18 people had been indicted.
recruits shot and killed eleven protesters
the occasion for the Demo, at around 8000 people took part, was a fascist event. Left and right were adjacent to each other and the Situation out of control. Overwhelmed recruits of the army, the were only in the sixth week of Training, shot. 13 people died, 65 were injured.
While the death legally protect have not been prosecuted, convicted judges, seven protesters are due to resistance against the state violence. Wrongly, such as Geneva today. It was time, “to rehabilitate these protesters, who resisted the rise of fascism in Geneva,” says the Canton of his proposal.
“recognition for the fight for the “just cause””
in Retrospect, it was clear that they were convicted primarily on the basis of the then historical context and not because of any direct responsibility for the sad event. “Its rehabilitation would be a recognition of their struggle for the “just cause” or at least the admission that not only they bear the responsibility for the victims of the Canton.
But only the Ratslinke supports the claim: The bourgeois parties were in the Council of States and the competent national Council Commission against a rehabilitation. “The policy can and should override any judicial Decisions. That would be an encroachment on the separation of powers,” says Andrea Gmür-Schönenberger (54). They wanted to repeal the Supreme court’s Decisions, could be made a request to the Federal court.
Convicts have been. politicians
The Lucerne CVP national councillor is aware, also, that the judgment according to the then rules of the rule of law had been correct, and at least one political rehabilitation had taken place
After all, Léon Nicole (†1965), one of the protesters of that time was elected, and later in the national Council and in the Geneva government. Others made the leap in the Geneva cantonal Parliament.