Skip to Content

Earlier arson attack on Sellner (right). Photo supplied

Identity Movement rallies in Vienna against smear campaign

Supporters of the Identity Movement Austria (IBÖ) held a rally on Saturday afternoon under a massive police presence in front of the Ministry of Justice in Vienna.

Published: April 17, 2019, 7:54 am

    Read more

    Vienna

    Various numerically superior anti-rightist groups, organised by the left-wing “Platform for a human asylum policy” and the “Offensive against law” were kept at bay by a strong police cordon. On the Vienna Ring highway meanwhile, there were large traffic jams.

    The background of the IB rally was forced by Federal Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s (ÖVP) clear demarcation of the FPÖ from the identity grouping. The IB operates mainly in Austria and Germany.

    The head of the IBÖ, Martin Sellner, in his speech warned against the “threat” by a “deep left state”, “political justice” and the “media mafia”.

    He called the supporters, who appeared despite a “defamation campaign”, “heroes” and praised the group as the “avant-garde of freedom of expression”. In chants, participants expressed their love for their country: “Heimatliebe – kein Verbrechen” and held up placard signs with the inscription “For Freedom of Speech and Against the Great Replacement”. A Pegida banner was also on display.

    Sellner is under pressure in Austria over a cash donation from the Christchurch mosque shooter, many months before the mass shooting in New Zealand. The Austrian judiciary has been investigating the IB.

    Sellner’s apartment has been searched by the police several times over the past few weeks, and for the first time on 25 March. In the run-up to the demonstration, Sellner publicly stated his motivation in a video: “I am complaining. In this state an injustice happened.”

    Before the Ministry of Justice, he wanted, literally, to challenge the powerful. He said would not be falsely branded as the accomplice of a mass murderer.

    The police did not specify the amount of protesters involved. According to certain sources, about 300 predominantly younger people participated in the IB rally.

    Sellner drew a positive conclusion from the rally. He told Berlin weekly Junge Freiheit: “The IB can not take disappear.” The demonstration remained peaceful and there were no right-wing posters or slogans, contrary to media reports.

    Austria is currently considering a law to make it mandatory for big internet platforms to register users, depriving participants of their anonymity.

    “Unfortunately there have been an increasing number of clear violations, denigrations and humiliations online in the past under the cover of anonymity. That’s why we need a framework for more responsibility online,” Chancellor Sebastian Kurz tweeted.

    The new law would take effect in 2020 and would make it mandatory for platforms such as Facebook, Twitter and Instagram to register their users, according to Gernot Bluemel, Minister of EU affairs, art, culture and media.

    In Austria, the law would have to be approved MPs as well as the European Commission. Online media receives more than 50 000 euros in state aid, Bluemel said.

    Austrian opposition parties have criticised the proposal, saying it restricts online freedom and hands over even more user data to online giants, such as Facebook.

    Consider donating to support our work

    Help us to produce more articles like this. FreeWestMedia is depending on donations from our readers to keep going. With your help, we expose the mainstream fake news agenda.

    Keep ​your language polite​. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in​,​ for example​, ​Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.

    If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violation​s​ of​ any​ law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.

    If your comments are subject to preview ​by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.

    We reserve the right to del​ete​ comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.

    Europe

    Nine major European hospitals now require assistance

    "We will soon be short of important drugs" in the fight against the new Coronavirus, Europe's largest hospital warned in a letter to its respective governments.

    Spain announces highest daily increase in Covid-19 deaths

    MadridSpain's health ministry has announced 838 Covid-19 deaths, the country's highest daily increase in fatalities, bringing the total to 6 528.

    Putin bravely dons hazmat suit to visit Covid-19 patients in Moscow

    MoscowPresident Vladimir Putin donned a yellow hazmat suit to explain to the public the emergency measures taken by the Russian government.

    Italian infections on the rise again despite curfews

    RomeAfter a few days of decline, the number of new cases in Italy have increased again. Wednesday's rise in the number of dead were 683, while on Tuesday the rise was 743. The number of confirmed cases in the US has however surpassed China and Italy to become the largest outbreak in the world.

    How the East fights against the Coronavirus

    MoscowEurope currently appears to be drowning in chaos and dysfunction when it comes to the fight against the Coronavirus. But how is Russia handling the challenge right now?

    Italy faces new emergency as it runs out of disinfectants

    RomeIt will no longer be possible to disinfect hospitals, ambulances, public transport and schools. The League has urged the EU to step in. "The government and Europe must intervene as soon as possible."

    Immigrants revolt against confinement in France, Germany

    ParisWhile drastic containment measures came into effect on March 17 at noon in France, carelessness and incivility persist in the immigrant districts of Paris. The police dispatched on the spot are exasperated with the inhabitants.

    Famous virologist explains risky ‘logic’ of herd immunity

    A virologist twice nominated for the Nobel Prize explains the British strategy of "herd immunity" claiming it may have a logical explanation, but is still too risky.

    Italian specialist: Three diseases that invite risk faced with the Coronavirus

    RomeIt seems that there are no more doubts since the data are clear: The mortality from Covid-19 is higher "for hypertensive patients, patients with cardiac arrhythmias, diabetics and patients with cardiovascular diseases".

    Dutch research team first to discover Covid-19 antibodies

    RotterdamThe first drug capable of attacking and neutralizing the Coronavirus could be ready for experimentation after a group of Dutch researchers discovered an antibody.

    Go to archive