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(en) 20 000 protest against far right FPOe in Vienna/Austria

From Rosa Antifa Wien <raw@swi.priv.at>
Date Thu, 3 Feb 2000 10:04:30 -0500


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Only two days after the announcment of the manifestation, 
yesterday at 5 p.m some 20 000 persons gathered in front of the 
Headquarter of the conservative OEVP, to protest against the 
planned FPOE and OEVP-government. One day ago this building 
was occupied by 40 activists, which yesterday ended their 
occupation to join the demo.  Although the OEVP announced to 
sue them afterwards, they weren't even controlled by the police. 
In spite of the 20 000 protestors outside a wise decision.

Afterwards the protesters went on to the office of the federal 
president (who, at least in theory, would have the possibilitie to 
not allow the planned government). This was the, from the 
organizing human rights organizations, planned finishing-point 
of the manifestation. But this wasn't enough for some of the 
protestors, and so one group of them went on to the Headquarter 
of the FPOE, while another headed for the parliament. Later this 
two groups met again in the city and formed a group of 3000 
protestors. The police had a lot of troubles to maintain traffic, 
which led to a lot of traffic jam. The protestors went on the FPOE-
HQ again. This time the police tried to stop them, which led to a 
little fight. After protesting near to the FPOE for a while the march 
went on through the city.  At 10 p.m. the group of still 1000-1500 
protestors again arrived at the OEVP-HQ.  The atmosphere was 
great, if not euphoric. And so they went on again and at 24:00 
some 300 protestors arrived in front of the parliament, where the 
OEVP was meanwhile discussing the planned coalition.

Through the evening a lot of car drivers showed their support for 
the manifestation, by joining the sound of protest with their cars 
horn. Also the general response of the pass-byers was quite good, 
many even joined the march.

The police reacted rather passive, but they know for sure that 
massive arrestings could lead to international protests. Only the 
notorious special squad WEGA, which is known for its high (80%) 
percentage of FPOE devotees, started to get rather aggressive in the 
end.

Sumed up a great evening, especially because the human rights 
organization didn't manage to keep the protests just as quiet and 
“friendly" as they wanted to.
Further actions are planned for the next days (and weeks).

Protest against Austrian departments and authorities, show them 
that a partcipation of the fascist FPOE will not be tolerated - 
NOWHERE!

Rosa Antifa Wien (RAW)

Two interesting Homepages:

http://gegenschwarzblau.cjb.net 
Infos about the protest against the FPOE and OEVP in Austria. ATM 
mostly in german

http://www.magenta.nl/crosspoint/haider.html 
carries a lot of Infos about Joerg Haider and ways to protest.



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