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    Vegan denied passport because she was 'being annoying'

    4:09 PM Thursday Jan 12, 2017

    Nancy Holten's campaigning rubbed locals the wrong way. Photo / Facebook

    A woman has been denied a Swiss passport because residents thought her animal rights campaigning and criticism of local traditions was "annoying".

    Nancy Holten, 42, was born in the Netherlands, moved to Switzerland when she was eight, and has two children who are Swiss citizens.

    But her second attempt to obtain a Swiss passport of her own has been rejected by the residents committee in Gipf-Oberfrick in the canton of Aargau, who have a say in citizenship applications, according to The Local.

    It reported Holten, a vegan and animal rights campaigner, has gained an unfavourable reputation in the municipality due to her hard-line stance against the local use of cowbells, which she claims damages cows' health.

    Holten has also campaigned against hunting and piglet racing, as well as complained about noise from church bells in town.

    So when it came time for the residents to decide on whether Holten should become a naturalised Swiss, they said no.

    Swiss People's Party local branch president Tanja Suter told Swiss media that Holten had a "big mouth".

    She said the committee didn't want to give Ms Holten the "present" of Swiss citizenship "if she annoys us and doesn't respect our traditions".

    Ms Holten, who speaks fluent Swiss-German, told The Local she thought she was rejected because she was "too strident and spoke my mind too often".

    "Many people think that I am attacking their traditions. But that was not what it was about, it was never about that," she said.

    "What primarily motivated me about the cowbells was the animals' welfare."

    This was Ms Holten's second attempt to gain Swiss citizenship.

    She said she wanted to become a citizen "because this really is my home".

    "I grew up here and feel very attached to Switzerland," she said.

    "I have friends and relatives here. I have worked here and take part in social life here."

    Urs Treier, a spokesman for the Gipf-Oberfrick administration, told The Local Ms Holten's application wasn't rejected because of her problem with the local traditions, but because of the very public nature of her campaigning.

    "The voters of Gipf-Oberfrick know that ... people who want to be naturalised in Switzerland may have different ideological opinions.

    "The reason why they have yet again clearly rejected the naturalisation is that Nancy Holten very often expresses her personal opinion in the media, and also gathers media coverage for rebelling against traditional [Swiss] things within the village."

    Holten's application for citizenship has now been sent to the cantonal government in Aargau, where it could still be approved.

    Swiss cantons and municipalities have their own requirements for green-lighting Swiss citizenship and they vary.

    Some applicants are subjected to verbal or written tests while in other cases, the decision rests with the communal assembly.

    And it's not unheard of for aspiring Swiss citizens to have their hopes dashed.

    Last year, a Kosovan family who lived in the canton of Basel-Country had their bid for naturalisation denied by the residents committee, partly because they wore trackpants around town.

    And in 2014, an elderly American man who had lived in Switzerland for 43 years had his citizenship application rejected because he could not list the names of local lakes or identify the largest employer in town, The Local reported.

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    Default Re: Woman denied Swiss citizenship because she does not respect Swiss traditions

    In Spore even if you are a citizen the PAP can take away your citizenship.

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    Default Re: Woman denied Swiss citizenship because she does not respect Swiss traditions

    You don't see that happening n Singapore even if you are rude , loud or barge into a consultation room.
    We also have Swiss standard of living here



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    Default Re: Woman denied Swiss citizenship because she does not respect Swiss traditions

    Well done.

    No one should get to apply for citizenship and then force their values on society in an adversarial fashion. You see that happening in Europe and you know which groups are guilty.
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    Default Re: Woman denied Swiss citizenship because she does not respect Swiss traditions

    Quote Originally Posted by johnny333 View Post
    In Spore even if you are a citizen the PAP can take away your citizenship.
    Don't anyhow say. Got example or evidence or not?

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnny333 View Post
    In Spore even if you are a citizen the PAP can take away your citizenship.
    That's right. This is what happened to Tan Wah Piow, born in Singapore, persecuted relentlessly by the evil PAP govt all the way to London.
    Our former colonial master is much kinder. AMTK is the best.

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    It reported Holten, a vegan and animal rights campaigner, has gained an unfavourable reputation in the municipality due to her hard-line stance against the local use of cowbells, which she claims damages cows' health.Holten has also campaigned against hunting and piglet racing, as well as complained about noise from church bells in town.
    when the bells toll, the quest for a swiss standard of living takes it toll and goes out the door

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    Quote Originally Posted by johnny333 View Post
    In Spore even if you are a citizen the PAP can take away your citizenship.
    I heard MHA wanted a SG woman to renounce her SG citizenship as she was a citizen of another country. The woman told MHA she will not renounce her birth right but instead taunted MHA to go ahead to revoke her SG birth right.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ckmpd View Post
    I heard MHA wanted a SG woman to renounce her SG citizenship as she was a citizen of another country. The woman told MHA she will not renounce her birth right but instead taunted MHA to go ahead to revoke her SG birth right.
    Dual citizenship is not a felony
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    Quote Originally Posted by Bonut View Post
    Don't anyhow say. Got example or evidence or not?
    half-jap half-sinkie young man in sg served ns and becums stateless after missing to respond to ica on citizenship issue 3 times. he can't travel. still stuck in sg. he doesn't have jap passport. don't know about his status now.
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    Default Re: Woman denied Swiss citizenship because she does not respect Swiss traditions

    Quote Originally Posted by Bonut View Post
    Don't anyhow say. Got example or evidence or not?
    Examples of those who lost their citizenship due to an honest mistake:

    http://news.asiaone.com/News/The%2BN...08-246249.html
    http://www.tnp.sg/news/singapore/wom...ains-stateless

    Lost of citizenship due to political reasons: Tan Lark Sye, Tan Wah Piow
    https://trulysingapore.wordpress.com...unist-paradox/
    http://www.theonlinecitizen.com/2016...ner-in-london/

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    Default Re: Woman denied Swiss citizenship because she does not respect Swiss traditions

    Quote Originally Posted by Bonut View Post
    Don't anyhow say. Got example or evidence or not?


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