Friday, 6 April 2012

The Innsbruck mayoral elections in Austria are certainly providing for lots of drama. I've already reported on the furore provoked by the FPO's election poster "Love for the homeland instead of Moroccan thieves". Here comes some more colourful incident.

The Socialist Youth organisation JUSOS recently reported that its association building had been vandalised and set on fire. Dozens of swastikas had been daubed on the walls. A sofa had been burned while two students were sleeping nearby. It was attempted murder! Evil Nazis were poised for a comeback, it seemed, ready to take over Austria again! The media loved this story and lapped it up.

There was only one problem: it was't true. When being questioned by the police, a JUSOS member admitted that he himself had caused the damage to get publicity and damage right-wingers. The perpetrator has now been charged with fire-raising.

Source: Tiroler Tageszeitung Via: SOS Heimat

UPDATE: Hilariously, the 17-year-old Socialist has now been charged with "National Socialism Reactivation" under the strict laws Austria brought in after the war to outlaw Nazi activities. Painting swastikas is illegal, it seems, even if you don't really mean it.


Anonymous said...

Rightwingers don't use the pagan swastika, but some leftwing extremists called nationalsocialists do.

Anonymous said...

A similar tactic was applied in Luton, to tarnish the name of the EDL, and to provoke "race riots". Cars were set on fire, outside both muslim and EDL supporters' homes. Mosques were attacked.

Of course, it is the fascist socialists who were probably responsible. Whoever it was, the Befordshire police explicitly told EDL that they knew the EDL were not responsible.

Anonymous said...

Someone already posted something similar but yes, it does look like these socialists are taking a page right from their grand-uncles book, Die Fuhrer. Now if only every socialist burned down their own headquarters, we'd have no problem

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