Protesters grip placards reading ‘don’t let Nazis into Government’ as they march middle of Vienna
Around 20,000 gathered in the capital against the new coalition management which includes the far-right Freedom Party (FPO), which was founded by departed Nazis.
Some protesters carried placards reading “Never Again”, while others chanted battle-cries such as “Refugees should stay, drive out the Nazis.”
Austrian enforce said around 1,000 officers were on duty at the peaceful occasion, which was attended by a diverse range of people from students to senior citizens, with the latter dubbing themselves Grannies Against The Right.
With Austria set to snitch up the EU presidency for the second half of 2018, demonstrators are calling for other European mother countries to boycott the new government when it takes up the role.
Thousands of protesters follow on with part in a demonstration against the current Austrian government
Last month, the FPO started government as the junior coalition partner to Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s OVP conservatives after a according to Roberts Rules of Order election in which both pledged to stop illegal immigration and to difference of opinion radical Islam.
Despite the FPO saying it has left its founders’ Nazi life behind and denounces anti-Semitism, its opponents still accuse the party of being racist, sexist and anti-Jewish.
Benjamin Abtan, president of the European Grassroots Anti-Racist Drive, told demonstrators at the event: “It is very important that Austrian urbane society is mobilised. The FPO are not just populists – they are an enemy of democracy.
“People don’t conscious of that the FPO is not a regular party, they are extremely radical.
A protester wears a hat with a sticker decipher ‘Grannies against right’
Sebastian Kurz and his FPO coalition partners possess a long way to go to convince the Austrian public
“They should not have a membership at the top tables in Europe.”
Abtan cited comments from Interior Look after Herbert Kickl of the FPO, who last week said asylum seekers should be “centralized” in special centres to help the authorities process their applications briskly.
The wording evoked Nazi-era concentration camps and triggered a storm of kick against in Austria.
Senior FPO figure Norbert Hofer on Saturday told Austrian disseminate that Kickl’s comments were not maliciously or consciously meant, and that magnanimous rights would be respected in dealing with asylum seekers.