Threats of Violence Cancel Swiss March for Life

Threats of Violence Cancel Swiss March for Life

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Swiss March Cancelled

This Weekend Cancelled

Past Swiss March for Life

Past Swiss March for Life

This year’s eighth March for Life should be taking place September 17th, 2017. (The day prior was the March for Life in Berlin, Germany.) The occasion marks the 600th anniversary of the birth year of Switzerland’s patron saint, Niklaus von Flüe. Also, the event was to be located the central part of the country, a place called Flüeli-Ranft, Sachseln, where Niklaus had his roots. Intended was simply a prayer march, no banners or flags, in other words nothing contentious like a political rally.

At first the Swiss Bishops’ Conference wanted to send an official representative. The whole program was prepared, countless flyers printed. The advertisement and announcement campaign was running at full speed. Suddenly then the community refused permission, arguing that the there should be official approval.  Grounds were fear of violence based on a few calls from leftist internet circles for the same day, the National Day of Prayer and Repentance (a

Anti-Life Demonstrators at a Past Swiss March for LIfe

Anti-Life Demonstrators at a Past Swiss March for LIfe

holiday, which official agencies recognize as the Christian basis of the Swiss state). Recourse to the Canton government brought no results. Those in charge of the March called for countless prayer campaigns. In the end, it was decided not to take legal action, and the occasion was planned for next spring instead.

The ban triggered media coverage so, in a way, still served the cause for life.  Officials have now assured those answerable for the March more than once that the event will be approved for a Saturday in spring, 2018. So now these people should be taken at their word and a petition for a prayerful March for Life be handed in again, for the same location. God brings good out of evil. We pray and work so this pro-life work will further strengthen the right to life. As the national anthem says, “Pray, free Swiss, pray.” And therefore we invite all our European and worldwide friends to pray together to mark what should have happened September 17, 2017.

 

Past Swiss March for Life

Past Swiss March for Life

Christoph Keel & Joannes Bucher contributed this report.

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Deborah M. Piroch
Deborah M. Piroch graduated from Mount Holyoke College, the nation’s oldest women’s college, with a double major in German and English Literature. She studied abroad and earned her M.A. in English Literature from Indiana University. Fluent in German, she began her career in international journalism working for Radio Deutsche Welle in Cologne, Germany. Returning to the States after a three-year contract, she worked as arts reporter and producer on prime time shows for WQED-FM in Pittsburgh, then a top 20 market. After another three years, she was hired by EWTN Global Catholic Network as news director, anchor and writer for “Catholic World Today,” but soon transitioned into television. Highlights of her 15 years at EWTN include co-anchoring the U.S. March for Life with Marcus Grodi on more than one occasion, live translating the election of Pope Benedict XVI into German, interviewing two former U.S. Presidential candidates and producing Father Benedict Groeschel’s prime time program from its inception for six years. Named the Network’s first International Production Coordinator, she also proposed, budgeted and executed TV shoots in Scotland, England, Norway, Sweden and Germany. Currently she serves as Director of PR for Human Life International.

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  1. […] Pro-life advocates have held, or tried to hold, a pro-life march in September every year in Switzerland. However, the peaceful, family-oriented event has been met with repeated violence. In 2017, pro-life leaders canceled the event because of threats of violence, according to Human Life International. […]

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