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