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Nazi Loses Bern Council Seat

Ernst Kim, a self-proclaimed Nazi who expressed racist views in an interview with a West German newspaper, was ousted from his seat on the Bern City Council last week and from the extreme rightwing National Action Party which he represented.

Political circles and the public were outraged by the interview in the newspaper Bund, which quoted Kim as saying: "I am a Nazi. All dark-skinned people should be expelled from Switzerland, mixed marriages prohibited and foreigners not allowed to participate in demonstrations in Switzerland." Markus Ruf, leader of the National Action Party, apparently had no choice but to dismiss Kim. The Swiss daily La Suisse said in an editorial that he did so because the party wanted to demonstrate it is not a Nazi party. "If so, why is Ruf always accompanied by shaven-headed body guards who have been arrested several times in Basel and Zurich for attacking refugees from Sri Lanka?" the editorial asked.