Wednesday, 23. April 2014
05. 02. 14. - 14:00
The right wing Freedom Party's top candidate in the upcoming Parliamentary election has defended the use of a cartoon that likened protests against the right wing Academics Ball in Vienna to the 'Night of Broken Glass,' demos - when German Nazis attacked Jews and destroyed Jewish property in 1938.
Police in Vienna said around 6,000 people took to the streets to rally against the event and some protesters smashed shop windows and threw bottles, and several people were injured
Andreas Moelzer is publisher of the right wing 'Zur Zeit' newspaper that included a cartoon which shows Austria's chancellor and vice chancellor battling out over who was to blame for the catastrophic scenes in Vienna. The caption underneath says 'Night of Broken Glass, 2014'. The reference is to the glass from shop windows that were scattered across the streets after the 1938 protests.
Dozens of shops were also damaged by the protesters on the night of the 'Far-Right' Academics Ball held in the city's imperial Hofburg palace.
Mölzer said the cartoon was a satire and aimed at the 'left Wing Faschists, who caused the destruction'.
Just two years earlier FPÖ head Heinz-Christian Strache caused outrage when he also compared the protests with Crystal Night and announced that "We are the new Jews".
The far-right FPOe is the third-biggest party in Austria, winning 21% of the vote in September's elections.
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