Published Thursday, July 18, 2019 at 12:03
L’Illustré is a French-language weekly consumer magazine published in Lausanne,
Switzerland. The circulation of L’Illustré was 76,697 copies in 2014 and its readership
was 338,000 in the second half of 2014.
Since 5G antennas were installed near their home in the heart of Geneva, these
residents of the same area suffer from various health problems. Are they victims of a
technology whose dangers were not sufficiently tested? A doctor and member of
parliament speaks out.
Gathered in the apartment of one of the two, on the fifth floor of a building in the
centre of Geneva, these residents of the same area look at each other. What they
have in common is insomnia, tinnitus, headaches. And a lot of unanswered
The youngest, Johan Perruchoud, 29, has lived there for 11 years and is not the type
to cultivate any sort of hatred of invasive technology. He is a healthy young man,
active and positive, who has just returned from four years in New York and makes
finely crafted videos and films for the media or for individuals, often working in his
room with his computer.
“Like in a microwave oven”
For him and for his neighbour it all started in April. “I’ve never had a problem with Wi-
Fi or any of that and never had problems sleeping – and then suddenly I had trouble
falling asleep. In particular at home I felt – how can I put it? – like I was in a
microwave. I didn’t feel good in the house, as if I was surrounded by ghosts.” When
he looked on Facebook and on the website of the Confederation, he saw that three
5G antennas had been put into service nearby and that other people were
complaining of identical problems, headaches, tiredness. “Was it psychological? I
don’t know. But for the first time, although I have never had earaches while
composing my music, my ears started whistling. It woke me up at night. All of this
He was assailed by the unpleasant sensation of being used, caught up in something
not of his own making. So he called Swisscom. Scarcely ten minutes after he had
filled out the basic form, a representative called him back sounding all empathetic.
“He was immediately on the defensive. He explained to me that tests had taken
place and that everything was fine. At the end, for form’s sake, he wished me a good
recovery.” Today, Johan is a little better, although his sinuses have been blocked for
the past two months; an infection he has never experienced before.
Elidan Arzoni, 50, on the Rue de Coutance, in Geneva. “When they
installed 5G, I felt bad from one day to the next.”
The solution: move home?
His neighbour Elidan Arzoni, 50, is not doing any better. On the same day, the actor,
stage director and director of the Metamorphosis Company started having the same
symptoms, but more acutely. “It happened overnight”, he says, “My ears started to
make very loud sounds, whereas at the time I didn’t even know what tinnitus was.” At
the same time he felt pains on the left side and at the back of his skull. And such
violent discomfort in his heart that he thought he was having a heart attack and went
to the hospital emergency room two days later. There, after a few tests, he was
reassured to be told that he had a “sportsman’s heart”. When he raised the issue of
the presence of the antennas, the nurse replied that nobody was trained to provide
information on the potential effects of those transmitters. “The only advice I was
given was to move. …” To him, there is no doubt: the arrival of the antennas was the
cause of his ills. “It is a no-brainer. Even Swisscom confirmed it in terms of the
timing. And I’m in very good health, I don’t drink, I don’t smoke, I never go to the
doctor.” He states that his wife and children of 9, 16 and 21 are also newly suffering
More vocal than Johan, the actor does not hide his concern. He wrote to the
President of the State Council, Antonio Hodgers (The Greens), and simply got told
that everything was legal with this new technology. Dissatisfied, he does not hide his
feelings: “How can we forget that the Confederation is the majority shareholder of
Swisscom? As soon as you come up against the financial interests of these people,
they go into total denial. Nobody is interested in the citizens. Even the forthcoming
report (Ed.: scheduled for the summer of 2019 and produced by a working group in
collaboration with the Federal Office for Communication, it was just postponed until
the end of the year) will not address the aspect of health. If cases of leukaemia or
brain cancers start mounting up, it will take years for them to be confirmed.”
Out of the question to live under an antenna
Since then, he’s coped with his earaches, “but it’s unliveable, it’s very strong”. On
Facebook, where he talks openly about his situation, he has to deal with attacks and
accept being treated as backward. That said, there is no question of his moving
home: “Why should I leave my home when I’m a citizen of Geneva and I pay my
taxes here? That would be totally undemocratic. And where would I go anyway,
given that there will soon be antennas everywhere? Right now, I feel like an
undesirable. I don’t know where to flee. My work and my children are here.” Equally
disturbing: when he goes to neighbouring France, his pains subside. They come
back as soon as he returns to the city.
Installed rapidly in Switzerland, 5G antennas raise the issue of the health
consequences of electrosmog
As for Johan, he says that he is gradually getting used to it. However, he has
promised himself that, if he had children, it would be out of the question for his family
to live near an antenna. “In my view, what’s happening will have an impact on our
generation when we’re older.” Worse: if he understands the progress that 5G can
bring in some specific areas such as medical or research fields, he thinks that, “for
people, it’s virtually useless”.
The two neighbours’ parting comments are on the same wavelength: “We feel like
guinea pigs.” Is anyone going to pay attention?
The precise location of the various antennas on the territory of Switzerland:
A doctor accuses: “We are in danger of a catastrophe”
The practitioner and PDC member Bertrand Buchs
filed the motion for a moratorium on 5G in Geneva.
He sounds the alarm.
What is your reaction to this testimony from
I’m seeing more and more of this. In the absence of
clear studies, we have no right to tell these people that they are imagining their ills.
With the shorter waves of 5G, nobody knows what can happen. Especially when you
consider their potentiation, in other words, their mixture with 3G, 4G and Wi-Fi.
Why did you file the motion?
They are treating us like idiots. Where this is concerned, our authorities are going
against common sense. The precautionary principle is clearly violated. Why do so
many antennas appear in just two months (Ed.: a hundred in Switzerland today and
90% coverage of the territory by the end of the year)? Whereas for any given drug, it
takes years to evaluate whether it is good or bad? Everything is going too fast. We
are in the midst of a race to the first operator to have 5G installed, which is
happening in such haste, although there is no objective urgency to install 5G. For the
population, it’s virtually useless. They could have done as Germany did, where 5G is
restricted to certain businesses, and heavily monitored.
What‘s at stake?
As nothing is seen or felt, the public believes that there is zero risk, a bit like in the
nuclear field. However, there is a risk of us experiencing a catastrophe in a few
years, in terms of tumours, for example. The State will be liable.
What do you recommend?
I repeat, after having tried to inform myself in the databases that I have access to as
a doctor: no serious study exists yet, which is not surprising when you know that this
technology was developed in China, then in the United States. In Switzerland, we
could open up a line for people who feel ill, listen to these complaints and examine
them. Our country has the means and the skills. The debate must be launched
because this story is far from over. But here, we just get “Move along, there’s nothing