Monday, December 18, 2017

‘Don’t let Nazis govern’: 1,000s protest new coalition govt in Austria

1,000s protest new coalition govt in Austria
Thousands of demonstrators have gathered in Vienna to protest the swearing-in of the new Austrian government. The rally targeted the anti-immigrant Freedom Party of Austria (FPO), which has joined the coalition government.

Up to 6,000 people gathered in the Heldenplatz area near the official residences of the Austrian president and chancellor, Vienna police said on Twitter. Members of anti-fascist, feminist and left-wing student groups are among those protesting against the coalition between the conservative Austrian People's Party and the nationalist FPO. The demonstrators held banners reading “Nazis out” and “Don't let Nazis govern.”

Some 1,500 police officers were deployed in Vienna, Kleine Zeitung newspaper reported. Photos on social media show protesters setting off firecrackers at the rally.The protesters began a fire in Heldenplatz, police later wrote on Twitter.

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