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16 September 2019

Swiss Population Brings About a De Facto 5G Moratorium

High speed without guard rails
Media release: "Swiss population brings about a de facto 5G moratorium"
schutz-vor-strahlung.ch, 12 September 2019 - auto-translation

Zurich, 12 September 2019 The discussion on the new 5G mobile communications technology has reached a new dimension. This is no coincidence: the three mobile operators Swisscom, Sunrise and Salt, have submitted more than three hundred building applications for 5G antennas in the past three months. Meanwhile, resistance to 5G is growing strongly in all regions of the country, and so are the objections to 5G building applications. The association "Schutz vor Strahlung" has now created a building law department to support the population in their objections.

Since June 2019, objections have been raised against about 98% of all building applications for 5G antennas. We have received reports from various groups that they have objected to 320 building applications for 5G antennas. These locally active groups consist of an average of 65 respondents. Thus, since June, more than 20,000 people have lodged objections against 5G antennas. The population is confronted with 5G in all parts of the country. Now they have achieved a de facto 5G moratorium by means of objections. This shows a clear rejection of 5G by the Swiss population.

No protective guard rails

Adaptive 5G antennas cannot yet be fully monitored. The environmental offices and departments of the individual cantons are responsible for monitoring the radiation from antennas, checking it on site and regularly reviewing the quality assurance system. With adaptive 5G antennas, however, it is not possible to assess the radiation because it changes direction within fractions of a second. Official on-site inspections are currently not possible because 5G antennas cannot be measured with today's measuring instruments. In today's quality assurance system, the novel antennas are not monitored and are therefore beyond any control.

To transmit more data faster, 5G antennas focus the transmitting power on a small area. As a result, the radiation between the antenna and the irradiated area increases sharply. If one is in an antenna beam, slight to severe damage to health can occur. Children are particularly at risk because their thin skull allows the radiation to penetrate deeper than in adults. Cantonal environmental authorities also speak of dangerous situations for people with pacemakers. Likewise, sparks can form at gas stations or hydrogen tanks and thus lead to fires. The current limit values protect us from all these consequences, whereas 5G antennas will regularly exceed these limits.

Until today, operators of mobile radio systems had to specify the maximum transmission power of the planned antenna in their building applications. This could be used to calculate whether or not the applicable limit values would be complied with. Since 1 June 2019, the maximum values of adaptive 5G antennas have suddenly no longer had to be specified. Applicants can indicate a different value, e.g. the average value. Thus, the legal limits are adhered to on paper, but never in practice. For comparison: On the motorway, one can now drive an average of 120 km/h.

There is time for clarification

Plastic bags are printed with big warnings, medicines are tested for years, and the keeping of cows is regulated down to the smallest detail. Obviously, adaptive 5G antennas have different rules. To date, there have been no studies on the frequencies around 3,600 MHz or on the extreme radiation fluctuations of "club-vibrating" 5G antennas. It takes much more time and research to introduce a product with such enormous risks. It is our Swiss practice that the population is carefully informed in advance of such major changes and can have a say in them.

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