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    Austrian Centre-Right Calls For Ban On Far-Right Identitarians

    Austria's centre-right party has said it will insist on banning the far-right Identitarian Movement (IB) as a condition of any coalition after next month's elections.
    Such a ban "must be in the next coalition agreement", VP parliamentary group leader August Wginger said in a statement released to Austrian media.

    The IB, previously best known for its anti-immigration stunts, sparked controversy in Austria earlier this year after it was revealed that its leader Martin Sellner received money and exchanged emails with the suspected perpetrator of gun attacks on mosques in New Zealand in March which left 51 people dead.

    The VP's call for the movement to be banned comes as it tries to maintain its commanding poll lead ahead of parliamentary elections on September 29th while at the same time distancing itself from its former coalition partner, the far-right Freedom Party (FP).

    Austrian media reports have documented numerous links between Identitarian activists and FP party members.

    After the VP first floated possible moves against the Identitarians earlier this week, the FP's former Interior Minister Herbert Kickl rejected the possibility of banning the IB, saying such a move would be "a deep attack on the rule of law".

    Wginger said in his statement that Kickl had become the Identitarians' "principal patron saint".

    The coalition between the VP and the FP was sworn in in late 2017 but was dogged by frequent scandals over extremist statements by FP party members.

    The government collapsed in May after a video emerged of the then leader of the FP, Heinz-Christian Strache, appearing to offer public contracts to a fake Russian donor in return for campaign help for the FP.

    The scandal prompted Strache to resign as vice-chancellor and led then Chancellor Sebastian Kurz to call fresh elections.

    Earlier this week Strache's house was raided as apart of another investigation into possible corruption offences surrounding the appointment of an FP official to a high-ranking position at a gambling corporation.

    Despite the scandals, and the recriminations that have flown between the VP and the FP since their coalition collapsed, a fresh government composed of the two parties is seen as one of the most likely outcomes of September's poll.
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    Self-censure has always been what the so-called 'Right' does best

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    Hofer and Haimbuchner are spineless creeps! They said that they want FP to be more acceptable for urban milieus. We all know what that means: More liberal bullshit and more ignorance and antagonism for metapolitical groups like IB.

    Kickl, kick these traitors away!
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    Once upon a time, I'd have said that it surprised me that such initiative came from a party that claims to be conservative and "the people's". But not anymore. As for the FP, they're going to tow the very same line. It's the VP who have the higher power and leverage (they control the courts and prosecutors, the economy and they scored the highest percentage of votes) and they've kept the FP interested in a potentially new coalition so that they could govern together. The VP have made it clear that an Identitarian ban would have to be part of any coalition agreement. So if the FP want to keep them interested and enter (which they do), they'll have to compromise. It's not as though the VP wouldn't have other alternatives. The leftists are of course quite happy with the condition and quick to cite alleged links to the Christchurch shooting (despite the organization having nothing directly to do with). Austrian media reports have also documented links between Identitarians and Freedom Party members, which Strache and others have denied. So most likely the FP will continue to distance themselves from the Identitarians in order to appease the politically correct. But this is not the wisest move for two main reasons: one, the Identitarians essentially stand for similar principles to the FP and two, in the event that the Identitarians do get banned, the FP would remain the furthest right organization and could easily inherit the "right-wing extremist" label. But I guess they can feel safe enough as long as they remain a "system party" and the VP should be happy with that too so that they can continue to he the center. The Identitarians, on the other hand are not and hence the VP & co. can afford to harass and target them. Nonetheless the Identitarians opened a lot of eyes in regards to the corrupt agendas of multiculturalist NGOs and other "philanthropists" particularly during their Defend Europe campaign where they significantly surpassed their goal and raised people's support and contributions, something that wasn't welcome by the elites.

    Those in the FP who openly and vehemently criticize the initiative are very few, basically just Kickl, who called it "a deep attack on the rule of law" (which it actually is). But then it's exactly those like Kickl whom Kurz & co. want to send to the benches. Probably eventually the rest of the FP will have to make a choice and either back him or distance themselves from him and label him a "fringe element", like they did in the past with members who were too vocal about certain politically incorrect topics. So far, Hofer has been open that he wants to work with Kurz again but they might not come to an agreement if Hofer insists that Kickl receive a ministerial position. Previously, the FP minsters had resigned because Kurz proposed the sacking of Kickl, who unlike Strache, didn't agree to resign on his own accord (he wasn't in the Ibiza footage). But Kurz isn't really bent on working with Kickl, who drew frequent criticism as interior minister, including for a raid ordered on the BVT (intelligence agency). Hence probably the FP would do better as an opposition party. If you're going to continue on compromising positions for the sake of power, at some point your principles will start to dilute and the point will be lost.

    Anyway, it wouldn't be the first time either. The FP also supported the tightening of the Prohibition Act (a relic of Stone Age communism from a constitutional point of view) during the late 90s, again for purely opportunist reasons, measures which are now used against any random citizen who doesn't tick the liberal/leftist box. It's no longer just the "nazis" but anyone and everyone. Even those who explicitly oppose NS, but are otherwise nationalist or conservative minded because you know, it might just be a "disguise"... But politicians as usual don't dare to say anything or they might be accused to be "nazis" and "extremists" and whatnot… It never ceases to amaze me how politicians in Europe, even those who claim to represent libertarian principles like freedom of expression and rally for human rights at the same time push for even more government and police state... this and that needs to be regulated/outlawed, we need more police, more control, more surveillance... give up all our freedoms for a false sense of safety... and parties like the FP particularly have to tow this line and give their stamp of approval, in order to "prove" that they are reformed and not "rightwing extremists"... Gone is the old FP who perpetuated the values of the 1848 German revolutionaries (truly libertarian and truly democratic)... and sadly an ever-growing issue in the right-wing/conservative scene, people don't stick together, don't stand up for each other... but they don't even need to like the Identitarians, it's more a matter of principle. At least stand up for the sake of common sense, for the principle of freedom of expression and association.

    Anyway, some legal experts say it might not be that easy to ban them. Last year, 17 Identitarian activists were acquitted of being part of a criminal organization. It's already difficult to be a right-wing organization in Austria nowadays... but groups like the Identitarians specifically comply with all these laws that were made to cripple the right... there isn't anything particularly illegal or extreme about them, or they'd have already been banned long ago... particularly when their Defend Europe campaign was at its peak... which is probably why they want a special motion to get rid of them, they're afraid of people looking for other alternatives. But that would be the beginning of the end and essentially extinguish the last bit of freedom that remains in Austria... cause if you ban the Identitarians, you might as well ban the FP, and essentially any garden variety conservative...

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    Beyond all the tactical bullshit, there are two extra episodes that showed exactly how spineless the FP has become in the meantime in this regard:

    1.) Right when the debate was filling all newspaper pages, the Austrian Freilich magazine, which is closely affiliated with the FP-near FAV Steiermark, published a short study. In it, they were able to prove, that in all six areas where the Identitarians and the VP (not just the FP, but the VP), Kurz' party had basically identical viewpoints and even used similar vocabulary.

    Guess who chose to forego the option of using this turning the tables? Correct, the FP, who was too scared it could be seen as a smear campaign, not wishing to forfeit a coalition option. For those capable of reading German, the 13-page brochure can be found here, respectively can be directly downloaded as a PDF. It's a pretty nifty collection.

    2.) The FP still didn't grow a pair when the claims became totally ridiculous. After Ursula Stenzel, a Viennese politician (of Jewish extraction no less!), spoke at a memorial event for the Unsiege of Vienna of 1683, which was organised by a committee which included Identitarians, they kept relatively silent. In fact, they told her not to speak about the matter anymore. Some days later media scandalised the fact that someone who was listed on Place 44 of the Upper Austrian list, i.e., completely unelectable, had donated to the Identitarians up until March, this becoming known through an illegal donors list. Of the party leadership, only Kickl had the balls to "keep the church in the village".

    3.) The final straw came when Hofer essentially made sure Hans-Jrg Jenewein didn't return into parliament. Jenewein had ordered a shirt from "Phalanx Europa" in 2015 and refused to distance himself, something that Hofer was, according to insiders, extremely angry about. He was previously the party's speaker for Media and Security Issues and led the FP in the central "BVT-Untersuchungsausschuss" (a parliamentary investigation initiative regarding the house searching at the secret service in March 2018). So, a really central guy that was sacrificed.

    After only placing him on number 9 of their federal list (behind Norbert van Handel, Hofer's friend in the elitist "Oder of Saint George"), the bad result meant that his seat was heavily under threat. But, if normal use would have happened with Hofer and Kickl, he would have entered parliament as the final member of parliament, as for five "federal list" seats falling, four "regional list" leaders should have taken their seat this way, allowing Jenewein to just slip in.

    Eventually Hofer made a point of however taking his federal seat instead: For him it made no difference whether van Handel or his close associate Ries from Burgenland would enter parliament due to his doing. For Kickl it made a big difference, because after Hofer didn't accept his regional list seat, Kickl doing so would have just put van Handel as Hofer's associate in, and still not let Jenewein, who is more "Kickl wing" in. So Kickl opted to have his associate Schmiedlechner from Lower Austria enter through the regional list as well.

    It's doubly sad because Jenewein is a friend of patriotic media outlets, and as we all known, if the FP had more "counter publicity" to help her along, Strache wouldn't have felt the need to fly to Ibiza either...
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