A police chief in Switzerland is warning that people are going to rebel this winter when they are forced to either pay ridiculously high energy prices or go cold. Jan Flückiger, the Secretary General of the Energy Directors’ Conference, warned that once the power shortages hit, “internal security then becomes a problem.”
In an interview with Swiss German-language daily newspaper Blick, Fredy Fässler, the Police Chief of one of Switzerland’s largest Cantons, warned that people may revolt and resort to looting if the Alpine nation is hit by a severe energy crunch this winter. Even if there is some energy, it’s unlikely everyone will be able to afford it. Supply issues will force prices higher as demand skyrockets.
“Imagine, you can no longer withdraw money at the ATM, you can no longer pay with the card in the store or refuel your tank at the gas station. Heating stops working. It’s cold. Streets go dark. It is conceivable that the population would rebel or that there would be looting,” he said, adding that the country’s authorities should take measures to prepare for such extreme scenarios. –Blick
Exercises that were conducted in 2014 were done to prepare for a blackout scenario. Those exercises revealed major shortcomings, including a lack of emergency generators for police, hospitals, and other critical infrastructure and services, Fässler said.
“These shortcomings have been corrected in recent years,” the police chief noted, adding rather ominously that now “the security forces are armed” and his agency is even prepared to provide the Swiss with cash if they are unable to use cards in stores, given that relevant agreements with banks have been signed.
“I don’t want to paint the devil on the wall, but it has also been seen in environmental disasters that certain people have abused the situation to plunder unprotected objects. This could also be the case if the network is switched off, for example in shops where there is something to buy.”
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Fässler also warned the federal government not to over-step its tyrannical orders pre-emptively and expected police support:
“I appeal to the federal government to only order measures that can be implemented and, above all, controlled.We certainly won’t become the sauna police.“
People seem to be getting the message that energy will not be readily available for the slaves this winter, and are looking for ways to take matters into their own hands, such as purchasing firewood.
Having a backup off-the-grid source of heat is always a good idea. Even in events such as winter storms, having a wood-burning stove could make the difference between being comfortable or needing live-saving help.