Turkey accused of spreading propaganda in Swiss schools
Turkish authorities are being accused of spreading propaganda in Swiss schools by using plays and reenactments to portray the country’s past military activities in a positive light.
In one, children on stage in Uttwil in canton Thurgau, held rifles and shouted pro-Turkey slogans while celebrating a martyr’s death.
In another in Solothurn, kids fought enemies of the Ottoman Empire.
The events seem to be organized with the help of the Turkish government.
On the surface, the programme is designed to teach children, especially those from Turkish families, about the country as part of the Homeland Language and Culture programme. But the content is not being checked by the cantons.
Some local mayors are now calling on the federal government to the plays before they can be performed in schools.