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(en) Enormous protests against new government in Austria!

From Rosa Antifa Wien <raw@swi.priv.at>
Date Fri, 4 Feb 2000 17:10:58 -0500


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4.2.2000

During the inauguration of  the new Austrian governemnt, 
consisting of the conservative party (OeVP) and the extreme right 
wing freedom party (FPOE), massive protests were going on. At 
10:30 am protestants started gathering in front of the building 
where the government was formerly put into duty. The 
govermental building was completly barred by the police. At 12 
noon already 10 000 people had showed up to protest. Today the 
protestants were more outraged than before and threw fruits, eggs 
and other stuff against the police. Quite a few times it came to 
fights between the protestants and the police. Consequently, the 
members of the new government could not enter the building 
through the main entrance but instead had to use an 
onderground tunnel.

Afterwards about 5 000 protestants started a spotaneous 
demonstration leading  along one of the main streets in Vienna 
causing a complete traffic jam. Arriving at the ministry of social 
affairs that now will be under the administration of the FPOe, 200 
activists spontaneously occupied the building and put their flags 
and banners on the balcony. Public officials working in that 
ministry actually welcomed the activists. When the occupants 
tried to peacefully leave the building they found it looked from 
outside by the police. Then the door was briefly opened and some 
of the protestants could leave the building. All of a sudden 10 
special police officers (WEGA, 80% of whom are known to 
symphathize with the right wing FPOe) started thrashing 
whoever was close to them. Because of the predominance of the 
opportunists the police officers backed off and most of the 
occupants could leave the building. But then about 100 police 
officers assaulted the activists in a brutal way.  For example, a 
woman already lying on the floor was hit into the face. After some 
time the police finally let everybody leave the building. 
At this hour (10:00 pm) still some thousand people are marching 
through the city. In the meantime the police officially announced 
that they will take action against the protestants and will start to 
arrest people immediately. 

Even though this government became reality the protest must go 
on!

Rosa Antifa Wien (RAW)

Two related Homepages:

http://gegenschwarzblau.cjb.net 
Infos about the protest against the FPOE and OEVP in Austria. Now 
also in english

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




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