Wednesday, 23. April 2014
06. 02. 14. - 16:00
The FPÖ have expelled a party member for posting Nazi sentiments on to their Facebook page, which were then later published by Heute newspaper.
The social media user, known as Alexander H., had called for protestors against the right wing Linz student fraternity ball to be "included in the quarry", a reference to the Mauthausen concentration camp that was built just outside of Linz during the Nazi era and was one of the biggest slave labour camps in Europe at that time.
FPÖ party chief Gerhard Deimek has reiterated that the party "does not tolerate" that kind of behaviour and "there will be immediate expulsion from the party".
"We have repeatedly communicated it internally," he said. "If there are a handful of people who still don't know how to behave then there will be consequences."
Rival party SPÖ have praised the FPÖ response to the Facebook post, with the Upper Austrian SPÖ state party chief Reinhold Entholzer saying: "The response is a positive sign that I expect to see in the future from the FPÖ."
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