Twenty years later, Zug politician Gerhard Pfister still feels personally the consequences of the attack on the Zug Parliament. It had left 14 dead and 15 wounded.
In an interview published on Saturday in the Switzerland at the weekend, the president of the Center Gerhard Pfister explains that he still feels uncomfortable in closed spaces with many people. “I often have to push myself a little and, even today, I sometimes find myself looking at where the emergency exit is,” explains the 58-year-old national adviser.
Gerhard Pfister, then a member of the Parliament of Zug, was not injured in the attack on September 27, 2001. He was lying on the ground behind a row of benches in the Parliament Chamber while the gunman was firing. around him and knocked down politicians.
He explains that even today he has a reflex of alert when something unforeseen happens in the room of the National Council, for example if the cover of a desk falls or if there are demonstrations or the commotion in the stands.
“Your most hateful”
On September 27, 2001, eleven parliamentarians and three members of the government lost their lives. [Urs Flueeler – Keystone]On September 27, 2001, an individual in conflict with the authorities entered the hall of the Zug Parliament with heavy gunfire and opened fire. He had shot down eleven parliamentarians and three members of the government before committing suicide. Fifteen other people had been injured.
In these times of pandemic, Gerhard Pfister observes a “more difficult” threat situation. He regrets that federal councilors have to be placed under protection more often. “The tone becomes more hateful. There is an almost irrational refusal to discuss,” notes the Zougois.
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And to add that a “hard dialogue” must however remain possible. “A good fight is something very interesting and sometimes necessary,” he said. The limit is when hatred kicks in and you no longer see the other person as a human being but as an enemy, he says.
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