Geneva. Police in the Swiss town of Grenchen were investigating Friday after four pigs’ heads were found buried at the site of a planned mosque.
Officers in the Solothurn canton were tipped off by media who received an anonymous letter stating that 120 liters of pigs’ blood had been poured over the grounds in protest at the country’s “rampant Islamization.”
After searching the site in the town’s Maien Street police found a whole dead pig and four heads buried in the ground.
The force appealed for anyone with any information to come forward.
Some 400,000 of Switzerland’s 7.6 million inhabitants are Muslim, mainly originating from the Balkans, Turkey, north, east and west Africa, and the Middle East.
In November 2009 a majority of Swiss voters unexpectedly approved a right-wing referendum motion imposing a constitutional ban on new minarets, prompting an international outcry over intolerance and discrimination.
In a statement Switzerland’s Central Islamic Council condemned the act, saying Islamaphobia within the country “had reached new levels.”