March 28, 2022 – 9:20 a.m. clock
It is THE symbol of Putin’s war of aggression against Ukraine: the big “Z”! After Russian troops reduced entire cities to rubble with this plaque on their tanks, supporters around the world wore it to show their loyalty to Putin’s brutal goals. Some federal states now want to criminalize the symbol and Zurich Insurance is also reacting.
Zurich insurer removes Z logo from social media
The white “Z” on a blue background is the internationally known logo of the Swiss insurance group “Zurich”, one of the largest companies in the world. It has now been temporarily removed from social media due to the current symbolic power, the group announced on Sunday. It is a symbol of support for the Russian invasion, according to the reasoning. The company does not want the company logo to be misunderstood.
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Federal states want to make use a punishable offense
In Germany, too, there are increasing calls to punish the use of the “Z” symbol at demonstrations and marches. “The letter is a declaration of war against free democracy,” Daniel Sieveke, national politician and deputy leader of the CDU parliamentary group in NRW, said on Saturday.
SPD faction leader Thomas Kutschaty said: “The ‘Z’ is a symbol for the glorification of inhuman aggression. Anyone who wears it wants to incite, provoke and glorify Putin’s war of aggression in Ukraine.”
The “Z” stands for Russian nationalism.
Since the Russian invasion of Ukraine, a white “Z” has often been seen on Russian tanks and uniforms. The sign is also displayed outside the war zone on buildings, cars and clothing, as well as on social media, to show support for Russia’s attack.
The “Z” also stands for Russian nationalism, the imperial struggle for power and militarism, Sieveke said. “It is unacceptable that war refugees from Ukraine are confronted with this symbol of this barbaric and inhuman war of aggression.”
In Lower Saxony, Interior Minister Boris Pistorius (SPD) announced on Friday the criminal consequences for using the “Z” symbol in public. Bavaria has also referred to criminal liability.
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