The Swiss People's Party has launched a popular initiative calling for a ban on religious headgear in schools in canton Valais. It follows a successful initiative in 2013 that banned the wearing of face covering headgear in all public places in canton Ticino.
The website of the rightwing party's cantonal faction said that Islam is a "political religion" intent on "conquest" rather than integration. The text also claims that Muslim elements in Switzerland are attempting to impose Sharia law in the country.
The launching of the popular initiative in Valais on Friday follows an unsuccessful attempt to achieve the same result in the cantonal parliament last year.