Skip to comments.Bush cancels Switzerland visit under threat of protests, efforts to arrest him
Posted on 02/05/2011 8:33:40 AM PST by Sub-Driver
Bush cancels Switzerland visit under threat of protests, efforts to arrest him By Bridget Johnson - 02/05/11 09:59 AM ET
President George W. Bush has canceled an event in the famously neutral country Switzerland because of expected protests to his presence there.
Bush was supposed to give the keynote address at a Jewish group's charity gala on Feb. 12 in Geneva.
Leftist groups had planned to protest the visit, according to news agencies. But several human rights groups had also filed criminal complaints against Bush, demanding that he be taken into custody if he stepped on Swiss soil and investigated for allegations of ordering torture.
A right-wing member of the Swiss parliament also demanded last week Bush's arrest on war crimes allegations if he came to the country, according to Reuters.
Swiss officials countered that, as a former head of state, Bush would be protected with a level of diplomatic immunity, and Keren Hayesod, the group that had invited Bush, said the court actions against the former president did not play into the decision to go forward with the dinner without him.
"We didn't want to put people and property in Geneva at risk. The gala is maintained but George Bush will not take part," the group's lawyer, Robert Equey told the Tribune de Geneve. "The (criminal) complaints did not weigh in the decision."
He noted protests against the G8 summit just across the border in France in 2003 that ended up rampaging through Geneva.
From neutral to nutrule . . .
They want to arrest Bush, yet the real criminal, Obama, wanders freely doing whatever mischief crosses his mind.
Disappointed in you, Switzerland.
I remember when the radical leftists called for his arrest.
Obama/Clinton/Soros/DNC funded I am sure.
So, to be clear - In Switzerland, Nazis good, George W Bush, bad. Got it.
ITs already done... they have bowed to the Muslims voice.
The “human rights” groups are immoral lunatics who cause the oppression and death of millions, and are smug about it.
Im not a Bush fan,, BUT, If any nation arrests a former American President the way they did Pinochet, etc, they should *immediately* face an ALL OUT war. NO exceptions.
I don’t care if it’s England, Switzerland, the Germans,,,, ANYONE.
Maybe Dubya can have a sitdown with his daughter(s) and ‘splain the concept of absolutes, and values to them.
Take that language to DU, jerk.
Geneva and Lausanne infested with arabs. Of course the Code Pinkos have to be involved with the planning of the protests to be sure.
The way things are going all of Europe will be Muslim in ten years, fifteen tops.
Bite me noob, that kind of language does not belong here.
Go back to the DUmp.
They are adults, with minds and opinions of their own. They were born November 25, 1981, making them 29 years old.
This was a Jewish event which really excited the commies and Muslims to prevent GW from speaking. Which he should have anyway. Hopefully GW will address the event via video.
These stinking "human rights" groups only want human rights for themselves. Not for you and me.
One more reason I could never be president. I have no desire to leave the best nation ever to grace the face of the planet. (with the exception of Australia)
The Swiss haven’t bowed to the muzzies. Last year in a national referndum the people voted against the building of any more minirets in Switzerland.