On Sunday, October 31, 2021, Swiss police stormed the famed Walliserkanne restaurant in Zermatt after the owners refused to enforce the government’s mandate requiring vaccine passports for indoor dining. Dozens of masked armed officers rushed into the famous family-owned establishment to arrest the restaurant’s owners, Patrik Aufdenblatten, his brother Ivan, and their parents, Nelly and Andreas.
According to eyewitnesses, the police physically attacked the family with their “fists and shoes – and without warning.” The family did not fight back. Despite listening to the officer’s commands, Patrick and Ivan’s mother Nelly was “beaten up,” the son Ivan “dislocated” his shoulder, and the father Andreas was “hit in the neck.” Police arrested all three of the family members. Locals at the scene report that there were “50 police officers” involved in the attack.
The following short clip shows police officers rushing to the restaurant to arrest the family:
Famous Eyewitness Reports Attack
Famous hotelier and multimillionaire Mario Julen was on scene at the time of the family’s arrest. He offered to be a mediator between the family and the police. “We have been friends for generations,” he says. “This is an honorable family, a great taxpayer.”
On Saturday evening, Julen phoned the police chief, asking them not to use any force against the family. On Sunday, he went to the restaurant, which opens at 9:30 a.m; however, it was technically “closed” by the police days before.
Julen witnessed officers surrounding the restaurant. “I went straight to the police and said: Please, don’t use force, I can meditate.” But, instead, the police wanted to arrest him immediately and forbade him to use his cell phone.
The police attacked the family members, reports the double vaccinated hotelier, “they beat them up, and used brute force.” Then, police arrested the family without warning them or reading their right aloud. “Something like that is not justifiable in the constitutional state of Switzerland,” explains Julen.
Events Leading Up To The Arrest
This past Friday, police closed the restaurant down. On Saturday, authorities returned to seal the area and placed cement blocks in front of the establishment. However, restaurant owners Patrik and Ivan were not deterred and opened the restaurant to guests.
The brothers wrote across the concrete blocks at the entrance of their restaurant, “We’re open.” They even opened a makeshift bar on the concrete blocks in front of the restaurant entrance.
Hundreds protested Saturday evening against the official closure and the wall erected in front of the restaurant:
Police have continually harassed and fined the brothers for ignoring the state’s unscientific coronavirus mandates and proof of vaccination certificates. Since September 13, 2021, when Switzerland introduced certificate requirements, the restaurant operators have refused to demand papers from their guests and allow employees to ignore the mask mandates. The public prosecutor initiated a criminal investigation against the owners for their disobedience a few weeks ago.
The restaurant’s popularity continued to grow and garnish massive support throughout the country. The brothers were publically critical of the state’s coronavirus measures, speaking of an “apartheid system” and “mask theater.” Furthermore, they went on several shows to denounce the government’s attacks on citizens and their livelihoods. In September, Patrik Aufdenblatten told Swiss media 20 Minuten that he would continue to let everyone in his bar.” and that the “certificate is illegal.” Watch Patrik’s September interview exclusively translated by RAIR Foundation USA:
In October, the brothers did a more extended interview with KLA TV. The transcript of the interview can be read here.
While the three family members are expected to spend at least two nights in state custody, dozens of supporters gathered in front of the family restaurant. They demonstrated against the state’s brutal arrest and treatment of the family.
State Targets Small Businesses
As reported previously at RAIR Foundation USA, small businesses in Europe have been particularly hard hit and massively disadvantaged compared to big companies. Many larger businesses have been allowed to stay open, whereas restaurants, gyms, small retailers, etc., have had to close for long periods or operate under paralyzing restrictions.
Swiss small business owners have been struggling financially due to the government’s mandates. They represent everything the left despises: free-market capitalism, individualism, and property rights. Small businesses are not unionized, so they cannot be controlled by the left.
The joining of all-powerful governments with giant corporations, where those corporations are dictated to by governments in terms of what they can and cannot do, make, sell, or to whom they can provide services, was a political system invented in Italy by Mussolini in the 20th century. This political system is commonly referred to as “fascism.” As the fascist dictator once said,
“The Fascist conception of life stresses the importance of the State and accepts the individual only in so far as his interests coincide with the State. It is opposed to classical liberalism that denied the State in the name of the individual; Fascism reasserts the rights of the State… If classical liberalism spells individualism, Fascism spells government.