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    Austrian Police Have Raided Ten Homes and Offices of Identitarian Activists

    Austrian police have raided ten homes and offices of identitarian activists, including Generation Identity co-leaders Martin Sellner and Patrick Lenart.

    The authorities seized Sellner’s electronic devices including his phone and computers, with a Graz prosecutor looking to prosecute the activists as a criminal organisation.
    The announcement of the raids came from Martin Sellner himself, who took to Twitter saying that the police had raided his apartment in Vienna and confiscated all of his electronic devices.
    Today my and @PatrickLenart s private flats were broken into and searched by austrian police. Also across they country they searched GI-offices and houses. An attorney wants to ban GI in Austria & put us up to 3 years in prison for critizing islam with peaceful actions.

    — Martin Sellner (@Martin_Sellner) April 27, 2018

    According to Sellner, who spoke with Breitbart London following the raids, the nationwide police operation came at the behest of the Graz prosecutor, who has been building a case against the identitarian movement following a protest in 2016 in which they hung a banner reading “Islamisation kills” on the roof of the Green Party’s Graz headquarters.

    Sellner claimed that the prosecutor was looking to use evidence found in the raid to have his identitarian movement banned as a criminal organisation under the Austrian equivalent of the Racketeer Influenced and Corrupt Organizations (RICO) Act, article 278 of the Austrian penal code, as well as article 283 which covers “incitement to hostile action” against religious and ethnic groups.

    Sellner rose to prominence across Europe and North America last month when he and his partner, author and political commentator Brittany Pettibone, were detained and refused entry to the United Kingdom.

    Sellner was detained for several days.

    Graz public prosecutor’s office prosecuting attorney Dr Christian Kroschl confirmed the raids occurred with Austrian newspaper Heute on Friday, and said the activists were under investigation for the formation of a criminal organization, suspicion of incitement, and property damage.

    The raids come less than a week after Sellner participated in the second major Defend Europe mission in the French Alps, which saw well over a hundred activists from across Europe highlight the illegal migration of thousands of migrants through the Col de l’Echelle mountain pass.

    The action made headlines in France and led to French Interior Minister Gerard Collomb announcing that the government would send additional personnel to guard the border with Italy.

    The Defend Europe mission continued through the week, with activists managing to catch several migrants attempting to cross into France illegally and working in conjunction with police to have them detained.,

    Police raids are not new for the anti-mass migration hipster-right activists. In 2016, one of the organisation’s German members had his home raided after authorities claimed he was engaging in vandalism by putting up stickers around his town.
    http://www.breitbart.com/london/2018...artin-sellner/

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    Now times will get harder for the Austrian Identitarians. Martin Sellner and some other leaders are officially prosecuted because of founding a "criminal organisation". In the case of a court's condemnation this could lead up to five years imprisonement. Because of the prosecution banks all over Europe have closed the Austrian Identitarian' s accounts and the private ones of the leading figures so that the IBO (Austrian Identitarian Movement) is being cut off the cashflow and forced to collect money via crowdfunding.

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    "PATRIOTISM IS NOT A CRIME

    In an act of state repression peaceful patriotic activists are attempted to be criminalized, financially destroyed and socially isolated. Meanwhile, left wing extremist violence goes unpunished, our cars get burned down and our activists are being threatened. Even a case of attempted murder on one of our activists ended with the charges being dropped.

    On the 27th of April, activists’ homes and the office spaces of the Identitarian Movement have been raided in all of Austria. In addition, the prosecution had all our bank accounts frozen and all our funds confiscated.

    The accusations are “forming of a criminal organization” and “incitement”. We decisively reject those accusations! Our political activism is always peaceful and stays within the realm of democracy and the rule of law. This despite the fact that we constantly see ourselves confronted with the hatred and violence of our political enemies.

    The prosecution invoked §278 – the so-called “Mafia paragraph”. It has been given this name for good reason: Originally, it was thought to be used to combat mafia-like structures focussing on human trafficking, illegal arms trade, sexual exploitation and similar serious criminal offenses.

    In reality though, it is being used to criminalize politically inconvenient organizations that exercise their right to free speech. This happened in a the similar case of a trial against an animal rights organization in 2011, the “association against animal factories” (abbreviated “VGT” in german). After the trial, there were considerations to relax this paragraph. Eventually however, it ended up becoming even more strict under the previous red/black governmernt: “Incitement” was added to the offenses that can lead to being considered a “criminal organization”.

    For the last 5 years, the Identitarian Movement Austria has been drawing attention to the problems of mass migration and islamisation with their spectacular, but always non-violent actions. We will face enormous costs in the wake of this attempt at political repression. For comparison: The total costs of the trial against the “VGT” amounted to 5.2 million €, despite ending in an acquittal.

    Due to the confiscation of all our financial means we are not going to be able to pay our running costs, let alone the costs of the trial. Now we ask for your patriotic solidarity: Support us with a donation so we can continue our patriotic activism!"
    https://freestartr.com/project/patri...in-verbrechen/

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    Although Austria has voted for a right-winged government recently, this does not mean, that the country's policy is turning towards nationalism on a sudden. Since 1945 Austria has been totally inpregnated by socialism and antifascism. All fields of social and cultural life are still in the hands of the leftists. Especially the public prosecution and the courts are filled up with leftist and antifascist prosecutors and judges. The latter cannot be removed from office or transferred by constitution. It will take a long time to get rid of them in order to replace them with nationalists unless a quick change of the jurisdictions of the courts and its constitutions is made.
    "Denk ich an Deutschland in der Nacht, dann bin ich um den Schlaf gebracht. Ich kann die Augen nicht mehr schließen und meine heißen Tränen fließen!" (Heinrich Heine, "Nachtgedanken")

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    'Incitement' is one of those political weasel words. 'Direct incitement' or 'explicit incitement' would be reasonable.

    As the article says, political opposition is being redefined as terrorism.

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    Austria charges 17 far-right 'Identitarians' over hate speech and criminal activities.

    Austrian prosecutors announced criminal charges Monday against 17 members of the far-right "Identitarian Movement" (IBÖ) connected to several of the group's activities in recent years.

    The state prosecutor in the city of Graz said 10 prominent members of the group and seven other "active sympathisers" were being charged with various counts of hate speech, criminal association, damage to property and coercion.

    The charges follow raids last month at the houses of several members of the group, including one of its leaders Martin Sellner.

    The group has staged several stunts in recent years to publicise what prosectors called its "xenophobic ideology".

    One such event cited by prosecutors was an incident in March 2017 where members gained access to the roof of the Turkish embassy and hung a banner from it bearing the slogan: "Erdogan, take your Turks back home".

    Another example from June 2016 is mentioned in which members stormed the stage during a talk on refugee policy at Klagenfurt University and unrolled banners reading "Stop Immigration" and "Integration is a lie".

    Sellner, 29, was prevented from entering the UK in March, with authorities judging his presence would not have been "conducive to the public good".

    Last month he took part in an action near the French-Italian border in which far-right activists blocked a mountain pass in protest at the rise in migrants crossing the Alps.
    https://www.thelocal.at/20180514/austria-charges-17
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    Martin Sellner talking about what happened, together with his girlfriend, Brittany Pettibone.

    "And how can man die better than facing fearful odds, for the ashes of his fathers, and the temples of his Gods?" - Thomas Babington Macaulay

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    Austria: FPÖ Slams Identitarian Arrests in Graz as “Incomprehensible”
    TNO Staff — May 22, 2018 add comment

    The recent arrests and charging of 17 members of the Identitarian Movement Austria (IBÖ) under anti-mafia laws for forming a “criminal organization” by the far left public prosecutor in the city of Graz has been condiment as “incomprehensible” by that country’s ruling coalition partner party, the Freiheitliche Partei Österreichs (Freedom Party of Austria, FPÖ) .

    Harald Stefan, FPÖ justice spokesman and member of the National Council (parliament), is the latest politician to attack the charging of the IBÖ activists. Earlier, many journalists, editors and even the justice spokesman for the far left Sozialdemokratische Partei Österreichs (Socialist Democratic Party, SPÖ), Hannes Jarolim, condemned the charges as a clear abuse of power.

    The IBO activists were charged in Graz by that city’s independent public prosecutor, for forming a “criminal association” under clause §278 StGB of the country’s anti-mafia laws.

    Graz, Austria’s second largest city, is notorious as a stronghold of the Kommunistische Partei Österreichs (KPÖ), and that party holds ten seats on the town council. The conservative Österreichische Volkspartei (Austrian People’s Party ÖVP), holds 19 seats, the FPÖ has 8, the crypto-communist Greens hold 5, and the SPÖ 5.

    Stefan said that the decision by the Graz prosecutor was beyond his comprehension. “The actions of the Graz prosecutor is to my mind unenforceable,” Stefan said. “The activities of the Identirians seem very similar to those of organizations like Greenpeace. If that standard is to be maintained, then most likely many organizations would have to be criminally charged, and democracy cannot endure that.”

    He added that his party had always been committed to using criminal law “as moderately as possible” when it came to “restrictions on freedom of expression.”

    SPÖ justice spokesman Jarolim said that he considered the application of §278 StGB to the IBÖ to be an “abuse of the law” He had, he added, no liking for the Identirians, but he observed “with concern” that the prosecutors were “resorting to tools that were not created for such cases,” and that the law was aimed at the mafia.

    The Identiarians have been charged in relation to incidents such as their protest occupation of the Green Party headquarters in Graz in 2016, when several members climbed onto the roof, unfurled a banner with the words “Islamization kills” and pour red paint on the building.

    The public prosecutor accuses the IBÖ of inciting “hatred of Muslims.”

    On their website, the Identitarian Movement’s leaders Martin Sellner and Patrick Lenart—the chief accused—rejected the allegations “in the strongest terms”. The prosecutor’s claims “contradict the always differentiated criticism” made by the IBÖ with a “strong emphasis on the differences between Muslims and Islamists,” the group said, adding that the “Islamization of Europe is not a religion, but a process that leads to a disintegration of European societies.”

    The IBÖ also said that it looked forward to the coming court case “with great confidence in the rule of law” as they expect a “speedy opportunity to refute the allegations of the prosecutor, because we are sure that love of one’s homeland is not a crime.”

    The IBÖ has, as part of the “investigations,” had all its finances seized, and has launched an appeal for funds to help defend the organization. So far they have raised $31,970.00 of theit 50,000.00 goal.
    http://newobserveronline.com/austria...omprehensible/
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    For those capable of reading German, IBÖ co-leader Patrick Lenart has published a case study highlighting how the Identitarian Movement isn't even "right-wng extremist" under the definitions of the institutions that claim to do so and notices methodical shortcomings in that conclusion. Good timing was essential here - it was ready for publication precisely on the day the courts charged the bunch.

    That case study was published with an up-and-coming (and as of yet, under-funded) patriotic think tank and can be accessed in PDF and HTML versions here:
    https://www.ak-nautilus.com/2018/05/...-rechtsextrem/
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