Progressive organizations in Switzerland

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The Progressive Organizations in Switzerland , mostly called POCH for short , were a left-wing political party that was active until the early 1990s.


The POCH was founded as a communist party as part of the 1968 student movement . In 1977, many women's groups split off from the POCH and founded the Organization for the Women's Cause (OFRA) . In 1987 the POCH distanced themselves from Marxism-Leninism and henceforth called themselves POCH-Greens. After the dissolution of the individual cantonal parties between the late 1970s and 1993, many POCH members joined the Green Party , some of them the Social Democrats , and the party was dissolved. The last cantonal section dissolved in Basel-Stadt , from which the BastA party, which still exists today, emerged .

The Rotpunktverlag in Zurich , which still exists today, has its origins in the POCH . This was founded in 1976 as the «Rotpunkt Verlag (RPV)» cooperative based on a decision by the party leadership with the aim of «promoting the publication and distribution of socialist literature» .

The indirect successor of POCH in the city of Zurich is the Alternative List , which was founded after the POCH section there was dissolved.

Results of the elections to the National Council

Web links

Individual evidence

  1. Lucien Scherrer: The 68s and the art of displacement - how left veterans gloss over their past In: Neue Zürcher Zeitung of August 17, 2018
  2. Entry of the «Rotpunkt Verlag (RPV)» cooperative in the commercial register of the Canton of Zurich  ( page no longer available , search in web archivesInfo: The link was automatically marked as defective. Please check the link according to the instructions and then remove this notice.@1@ 2Template: Toter Link /  
  3. Anniversary brochure “30 Years of Rotpunktverlag” (PDF file; 3.15 MB)
  4. ^ Report to the National Council on the National Council elections for the 41st legislative period of November 14, 1979, pp. 302 and 337 ( PDF )
  5. ^ Report to the National Council on the National Council elections for the 42nd legislative period of November 9, 1983, pp. 302 and 337 ( PDF )
  6. ^ Report to the National Council on the National Council elections for the 43rd legislative period of November 11, 1987, pp. 302 and 337 ( PDF )