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Reports on the the international action week against racism, 18-26 march 2000.


Reports on the opening of the Monitoring Center in Vienna

April 07, 2000
Ruth Dreier interviews Hoslo Jiwa, communications officer of ENAR, who's at the opening ceremony of the Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia in Vienna (RealAudio, 28k stream).

April 04, 2000
Interview with Hoslo Jiwa communications officer of ENAR, about the opening of the European Monitoring Center on Racism and Xenophobia.

Reports on the actions in Austria

On Saturday, FEBRUARY 19, 2000, the Austrian anti-racism movement organized a big anti ÖVP/FPÖ government demonstration. Over 300.000 people were present, amongst those delegations from France, Italy, Germany, The Nethelands, United Kingdom, Belgium and others. The Austrian newspaper Der standard has reports online here. Also have a look at the pictures from the Dutch delegation.



Video Interviews & other footage made by Mellouki Cadat, Chairman of Magenta Foundation, during the Demo on February 19 in Vienna and the press conference. RealVideo files.

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RealAudioFile, Interview, Claudia from the Viennese Anti-racism organisation ZARA explains why it was important for Europeans to come to Vienna for the demonstration on February 19 and why Austrian Anti racists need our support. Click here for a transcription text-file (English, Français)

Audio en text reports from the actions in Austria

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NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 15:31 CET, February 24, 2000

Happening, February 26, 14:00 CET, Well-known Viennese DJs declared their solidarity with our protests and we organized a huge bus with soundsystem which will hopefully make a lot of noise in the government district. More info here and here. (German)

NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 16:10 CET, February 21, 2000

Pictures from the Dutch delegation who went to Vienna for the demonstration last Saturday are online now, click here.

NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 16:05 CET, February 21, 2000

The demonstration and manifestation last Saturday (19-02-2000) was a big succes. Over 250.000 people assembled on the Heldenplatz for the closing manifestation and over 300.000 people have been counted demonstrating during the day and the evening. The actions were peaceful for the most but some antifascists from abroad where stopped at the railway station and there were some small fights with the police who seemed to have wanted to stop them from going to the demo...


NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 12:03 CET, February 18, 2000

LIST OF MEETING POINTS AND HAPPENINGS ON SATURDAY FEBRUARY 19 !!! Click here. (Gegenschwarzblau website, in German)

NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 11:43 CET, February 18, 2000

Today 10:00 CET at the Stephansplatz, Schoolstrike/Demo. 17:00 CET Hiphop against Schwarzblau, in front of the parliament building. 19:00 CET Demo, starting point Ballhausplatz and 22:40 CET Burgtheater. Legal aid phone 5359109 (daily from 20:00 till 01:00 CET).

NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM EUROPE/US/ITALY, 11:44 CET, February 16, 2000

In an expression of deep dismay at the inclusion of the Freedom Party under the leadership of Jorg Haider in the new government formed by President Thomas Klestil of Austria, the annual European seminar of two international student organizations, Bnei Akiva and Yavne Olami, which was to be held this week (February 13-20, 2000) in Austria, has been moved to Italy. The organizations have announced plans for a peaceful demonstration against racism on the Austrian border during their seminar. A long list of international dignitaries have been invited to join the demonstration which will be led by former Israeli cabinet minister Ya'akov Ne'eman. The Ezra Youth Movement, the Orthodox Union, the Religious Zionist Forum, the Mishmeret Tzeira of Religious Zionism, the World Mizrachi Movement and the Jewish Agency have already expressed support for the student's activity and will be sending representatives.

In addition, peaceful solidarity demonstrations have been announced all over North America, Europe, Australia and Israel. Wednesday's Main Event will take place on the Italy/Austria border, all others will be held in front of the local Austria Embassy or Consulate. The student-led peaceful demonstrations will commence at the same time throughout the world, on Wednesday, February 16, 2000 at 4:00 PM (GMT). More info on http://www.ou.org/neveragain.htm

NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 09:00 CET, February 16, 2000

Protest in Hundertwasserhaus in Vienna, go here

NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 11:33 CET, February 16, 2000

Yesterday there was a short occupation of the Austrian Consulate in Lausanne (Switzerland). Vienna: daily meeting and discussion point: Audimax/University, 10:00 CET, Burgtheatre 22:40 CET. Demo today at 19:00 CET, meeting point Ballhausplatz.

NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 23:31 CET, February 13, 2000

Tomorrow, February 14, 2000, Bicycle Demo, starting point Ballhausplatz, 17:00 CET and 19:00 CET.

NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 22:00 CET, February 13, 2000

Today's demo is right now at the Stephansplazt and is slowly dissolving.

NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM LINZ, 21:56 CET, February 13, 2000

The committee "Jetzt erst recht - Kein Pakt mit dem Rassismus" organises at least one bus from Steyr to Vienna for the demo on the 19th. Reservations as soon as possible, Wednesday afternoon at the latest, phone: 07252/76285 or send mail to jetzterstrecht@gmx.at .

NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 20:20 CET, February 13, 2000

Today's demo is right now at the Landstrasse and going in the direction of the suburbs. At 22:00 CET people will come together on the Stephansplatz.

NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM BELGIUM, 10:37 CET, February 13, 2000

Wednesday 16th February, Haider is visiting the European Parliament at 14.00 CET, (2.00P.M.), later he is visiting the "Carinthian House" in Etterbeek. He was invited to Brussels as the gouvernor of Carinthia, Wednesday there is the European Council. Different demonstrations have been planned, one meeting-point is the corner of the Rue Belliard/Belliardstraat with the Wiertzstraat/Rue Wiertz. This is close to the European Parliament. The hour is 14,30h.
Organisation amongst others by Anti-Fascist Friends, Leuven section.

NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 19:15 CET, February 12, 2000

Right now in front of the Parliament building: Hip Hop against Schwarzblau!

NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM NEW YORK, 18:42 CET, February 12, 2000

A group of Austrians in New York (platform 2/19) is planning a protest in front of the Austrian General Consulate on 31 e 69th Street, on february 19th at 11 am.

NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 17:25 CET, February 12, 2000

Right now today's demo is at the Lichtensteinstrasse and goes into the direction of the Heiligenstädtstrasee. At 16:30 there were already 8.000 people and the last count is 15.000 (according to the police). Demo Hotline: 0699/10519977 Legal aid phone 5359109

CALL FOR ACTION!! BIG DEMONSTRATION IN VIENNA TODAY, SATURDAY, FEBRUARY 12, 14:00 CET WESTBAHNHOF 15:30 BALLHAUSPLATZ

"Resistance against the black-blue coalition, against racism and social reduction. ("Widerstand gegen Schwarzblau, gegen Rassismus und Sozialabbau") (Music by Pulsinger & Tunakan, Sugar B, .....) Starting point: Westbahnhof at 14:00 CET
Route: Mariahilferstrasse - Ring - 2nd starting point: Ballhausplatz 15:30 CET - Heiligenstädterstrasse - Karl-Marx-Hof - -> Closing manifestation at Platz des 12. Februar

NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 21:40 CET, February 11, 2000

Todays demo is right now in its end stage, people are going home. Demo Hotline: 0699/10519977 Legal aid phone 5359109

NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 18:12 CET, February 11, 2000

Today's demonstrations will start at 17:00 CET at the Ballhausplatz and at 19:00 CET also at the Ballhausplatz. Demo Hotline: 0699/10519977 Legal aid phone 5359109

NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 17:27 CET, February 11, 2000

Listen to this!!!RealAudioFile, Interview with Manuala, from the "Embassy for concerned citizens", a tent standing in front of the parliament building in Vienna. Click here for the transcript (text-file, English)



NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM SALZBURG, 16:45 CET, February 11, 2000

Listen to this!!!RealAudioFile, Interview with Doris, live from the demo in Salzburg. Click here for the transcript (text-file, English, Français)

NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM FRANCE, 16:01 CET, February 11, 2000

A French traveller guide (Le guide du Routard) is reacting to the new austrian gouvernment. Philippe Gloaguen, the founder of the "Routard", has trouble accepting Haider's raise to power. He has been wondering how to react? What could the "Routard" do? One question was bothering the Routard's redaction team : should we publish this year's edition for Austria, that is supposed to be released in april. The "Routard" has to have a clear ethical position since they inserted a new heading in each guide about Human Rights.
What to do?
It would be unfair not to publish the edition on Austria, since not all austrians voted for the FPÖ. But something has to be done...
Philippe Gloaguen did find a way to show his support to all the Austrians that didn't vote for the FPÖ, in a very symbolic way. The idea came from the color of his mood, black. The cover from the new Austrain Routard will be in mourning, without any color, just white and black, with this explanation: " We dedicate this «Guide du Routard» to all the Austrians that didn't vote for Haider".

NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 14:17 CET, February 11, 2000

Listen to this!!!RealAudioFile, Interview, Claudia from the Viennese Anti-racism organisation ZARA explains why it is important for Europeans to come to Vienna for the demonstration on February 19. Click here for a transcription text-file (English, Français)

NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 11:15 CET, February 11, 2000

The building of the Industrialists Society was occupied by protesters for a few hours. Read the statement of the occupiers on the Gegenschwarzblau website.

NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 20:25 CET, February 10, 2000

Today's Demonstration is right now (20:25 CET) at the Brunnenmarkt. Projecte route is : BALLHAUSPLATZ -> UNI -> ALSERSTRASSE -> BRUNNENMARKT -> TALIASTRASSE -> WESTBAHNSTRASSE -> GÜRTEL -> SIEBENSTERNGASSE -> RING -> PARLAMENT. For the first time this route has been agreed upon with the police. Demo Hotline: 0699/10519977 Legal aid phone 5359109 (Daily between 20:00 CET and 01:00 CET, even earlier during the weekend).

NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 13:55 CET, February 10, 2000

Today's demonstrations will start at 17:00 CET at the Ballhausplatz and at 19:00 CET also at the Ballhausplatz. Demo Hotline: 0699/10519977 Legal aid phone 5359109

NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 20:35 CET, February 9, 2000

At the moment Today's demonstration (another big one) is at the Lerchenfeldergürtel and going into the direction of the Westbahnhof. Demo Hotline: 0699/10519977

NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 15:50 CET, February 9, 2000

TODAY AGAIN A DEMONSTRATION, BALLHAUSPLATZ, 17:00 CET, and again the parliament building is blocked by a police-primeter around it, 2000 policemen are assembled, because of the 'public meeting of the parliament'.

NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM DENMARK, 13:55 CET, February 9, 2000

On Friday, February 11, a demonstration will be held in Copenhagen, 16:00 CET in front of the Austrian embassy. Organisation: International Socialists/Rebel

NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 12:30 CET, February 9, 2000

TODAY AGAIN A DEMONSTRATION, BALLHAUSPLATZ, 17:00 CET.

NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM NORWAY, 16:30 CET, February 9, 2000

250 people demonstrated in front of the Austrian embassy in Oslo last saturday.

NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM THE NETHERLANDS, 23:32 CET, February 8, 2000

An opinion poll in the Netherlands shows that 59% of the population agrees with measures taken by the EU to isolate the Austrian government. 30% disagrees with the measures. 49% will not go on a holiday to Austria right now, but 49% would. One in three of the Dutch population thinks that the Dutch Queen Beatrix should have cancelled her private holiday in Lech.

NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM THE BRUSSELS, 23:26 CET, February 8, 2000

The Chairman of the European Commission, Mr. Romano Prodi, congratulated the Austrian chancellor Wolfgang Schleussel with his new function, but he witheld his congratulations to the rest of the government. president Jorge Sampaio of Portugal (European Union Chair) has cancelled his state-visit to Austria for now.

NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM THE UK, 22:45 CET, February 8, 2000

Due to the present situation Prince Charles, crownprince of the United Kingdom, has cancelled his official state-visit to Austria.

NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 21:55 CET, February 8, 2000

The demonstration in front of the Parliament building is now slowly dissolving. The 300 meter police perimeter around the building was in place because of the first parliament session since the installation of the new government. During the session, a motion of no-confidence was put forward against Schuessel by the Green Party, but was voted down.

NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 16:00 CET, February 8, 2000

Demonstrations at 15:00 (Parliament Building) and at 17:00 CET at the Ballhausplatz, there's a 300 meter wide perimeter there right now and a big police prescense.

NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, February 8, 2000

From Rosa Antifa Wien, Summary of the last days
A short summary of what happened in the last days. Last Saturday more than 10 000 people protested against new government. Starting at 5 pm they marched around the city and even through (!) the biggest railway station in Austria. You can hear a lot of drums and see a lot of "resistance" sprayed in the streets of Vienna at the moment. There were no troubles with the police until they wanted to arrest two sprayers. Suddenly from all sides groups of cops stormed into the demo and attacked everyone, who was not fast enough to escape. Later the situation calmed down again and the march went on to end at 3 am in front of the FPOE-Headquarter.

On sunday the (now daily) manifestation was planned to go to the inner city, where normally the Talkshow "Zur Sache" (on this day about the new government and the protests against it) of the Austrian television ORF is being held. But because of the protests the ORF decided to do the show outside of the city. But even the long distance of 6 km could not hold the 7 000 protestants away. Normal police troops staid in the background, but a lot of officers of the "Staatspolizei" (Austrian secret service) where seen. Without any reason they tried to get hold of a videocamera of some people, who document the protests. Later they even "stole" a handbag (including the keys) of one woman, and only handed it out again after a lot of people protested and after a german TV- team started to record them. On this day a lot of banners against austrian television (ORF lies) where carried, because the ORF reported a lot of bullshit about the protests, on Saturday they were talking about 1 500 protestants.

Yesterday again some 5 000 people marched through the city for some hours, now also the outer districts of Vienna are "visited"

The protests in Austria will go on! Every day at 5pm starts a march. Also there is a big international demonstration planned for Feb. 19th. We hope to see a lot of you there!

DEMONEWS ! THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 22:15 CET, February 7, 2000

From the Gegenschwarzblau site : The demonstration is right now at the Stephansplatz/Kärntnerstrasse, going into the direction of the Wiedner Hauptstrasse. Legal Aid: phone 01/5359109

NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 21:40 CET, February 7, 2000

From the Gegenschwarzblau site : Thousands of demonstrators are presently at Orf-Funkhaus, Argentienierstrasse. Legal Aid: phone 01/5359109

NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 21:20 CET, February 7, 2000

From the Gegenschwarzblau site : More than 5000 people are presently demonstrating in Vienna and going from the Favoritnerstrasse into the direction of the Südtirolerplatz, back to the city centre. Legal Aid: phone 01/5359109

NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 18:09 CET, February 7, 2000

Action Call on the Gegenschwarzblau site : DEMONSTRATION TODAY, FEBRUARY 7, 2000, starting at Ballhausplatz at 19:00 CET. Legal Aid: phone 01/5359109

NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 15:14 CET, February 7, 2000

SHOW SUPPORT- SHOW UP!
On Saturday FEBRUARY 19, the Austrian anti-racism movement is organizing a big anti ÖVP/FPÖ government demonstration. The time has come for Europeans to show their solidarity with all those Austrians who didn't vote for Haider and are fighting racism and xenophobia. In the past few weeks European governments and organizations have spoken out against the ÖVP/FPÖ government from their own countries, now we should show that we are serious about it. At the same time the Austrian resistance movement has to be supported. Initiatives to organize busses to Vienna are in place in the United Kingdom, Germany, The Netherlands and France.
The demonstration is on SATURDAY FEBRUARY 19
17.00 HOURS start Demonstration from several points in Vienna (more info later)
18.00 HOURS Closing Manifestation at Heldenplatz
21.00 HOURS Party at The Depot

NEWSFLASH!! THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 13:14 CET, February 5, 2000

There will be another demonstration today in Vienna, Saturday 5-2-200 at 17:00 CET starting at the Ballhausplatz".

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THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 11:30 CET, February 5, 2000

Phone-report by Fahim, from Vienna: "Last night after 24:00 CET there was a protest in front oft the Rossauer Kazerne, Police arrested 7 protetsters earlier yesterday night and we where protesting in front of the Kazerne, they used a water cannon against us, three police cars were totally destroyed, a number of protesters got hurt. After this the protesters spread out and the demonstration ended. There have been other demonstrations yesterday in Graz, Linz and Innsbrück. Today in Vienna, Saturday 5-2-200 at 17:00 CET we will have a demonstration again at the Hofburg".

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THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 02:39 CET, February 5, 2000

From Rosa Antifa Wien -- After what we have told you before in another text, the demonstrations against the new Austrian government continued through the city , with some 5 000 people taking part. The provocations of the police got heavier and they regulary started attacks against the march. The protestors in return destroyed some police-cars and smashed windows of a prison. In the late evening the police decided to end the manifestations, which had in the mean time arrived at the FPOE-Headquarter, with a lot of violence. So they started to attack everything that looked like a potential protestor for them. Result: A lot of people injured, some arrested. Just a little appetizer of how the new government will deal with resistance in the future...
By the way: They didn't manage to stop the protests by that action, a few hundred protestors gathered again an marched on through the city...

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THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 22:41 CET, February 4, 2000

From Rosa Antifa Wien -- still some thousand people are marching through the city. In the meantime the police officially announced that they will take action against the protestants and will start to arrest people immediately. The police is getting much more brutal.

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THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 21:45 CET, February 4, 2000

Translated from the Gegenschwarzblau website -- At the moment a demonstration of still a few thousand people is at the Mariahilferstrasse. They go into the out-of-town direction because the police is once again trying to criminalize people.

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THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, plusminus 19:00 CET, February 4, 2000

Translated from the Gegenschwarzblau website -- The demo at 16:00 - 17:00 CET brought over 5000 people to the Ballhausplatz there were several clashes with the police. At the same time there was another gathering of protesters in front of the FPÖ-Headquarters, there was a clash with the police and a shop window broke. The Columbian ambassador showed solidarity with the protest and opened his embassy building for the demonstrators. One or more cars were damaged on the Rossauerlände. The media talk about "Heavy excesses".

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THE LATEST FROM LINZ, Austria, during the course of today, February 4, 2000

Translated from the Gegenschwarzblau website -- A 1000 people demonstrated in Linz today, there were multiple arrests by the police. For a hour or so there was a sit-down blockade at the Taubermarkt, the trams (public transport) were also blocked.

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THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, day-report, February 4, 2000

Update from Rosa Antifa Wien ---- Day report, 4.2.2000

During the inauguration of the new Austrian governemnt, consisting of the conservative party (OeVP) and the extreme right wing freedom party (FPOE), massive protests were going on. At 10:30 am protestants started gathering in front of the building where the government was formerly put into duty. The govermental building was completly barred by the police. At 12 noon already 10 000 people had showed up to protest. Today the protestants were more outraged than before and threw fruits, eggs and other stuff against the police. Quite a few times it came to fights between the protestants and the police. Consequently, the members of the new government could not enter the building through the main entrance but instead had to use an onderground tunnel.

Afterwards about 5 000 protestants started a spotaneous demonstration leading along one of the main streets in Vienna causing a complete traffic jam. Arriving at the ministry of social affairs that now will be under the administration of the FPOe, 200 activists spontaneously occupied the building and put their flags and banners on the balcony. Public officials working in that ministry actually welcomed the activists. When the occupants tried to peacefully leave the building they found it looked from outside by the police. Then the door was briefly opened and some of the protestants could leave the building. All of a sudden 10 special police officers (WEGA, 80% of whom are known to symphathize with the right wing FPOe) started thrashing whoever was close to them. Because of the predominance of the opportunists the police officers backed off and most of the occupants could leave the building. But then about 100 police officers assaulted the activists in a brutal way. For example, a woman already lying on the floor was hit into the face. After some time the police finally let everybody leave the building. At this hour (10:00 pm) still some thousand people are marching through the city. In the meantime the police officially announced that they will take action against the protestants and will start to arrest people immediately.

Even though this government became reality the protest must go on!

Rosa Antifa Wien (RAW)


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THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 18:01 CET, February 4, 2000

At 17.00 CET another demo started - there are now Demo's all over the place, and the situation is pretty unclear. For now, we stop broadcasting but will be back soon with more text-updates!

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THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 15:45 CET, February 4, 2000

Ministry cleared-out by the police! Interview with Kurt, standing outside again. (RealAudio, 28kb stream).
Text transcription: 15.45 CET -- --- Kurt reporting from outside the building -- "They went in with a lot of police and cleared the building out. Nobody injured, we still miss a few people --sound of cheering and yelling-- they just bring another few people out, we are all gonna move to another building, I don't know yet what building." ---end---
FRENCH TRANSLATION: --Interview de Kurt, se trouvant a l'exterieur du batiment--15.45 CET-- "Le ministere a ete vide par la police. Des policiers, en grand nombre, sont rentres dans le batiment et l'ont vide. Il n'y a pas eu de blesses, mais quelques personnes sont manquantes -on entend la foule se rejouir et crier- mais il y a encore des personnes qui sortent du batiment. Nous allons nous rendre vers un autre batiment mais nous ne savons pas encore lequel. "---fin---

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THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 15:25 CET, February 4, 2000

The ministry of Resistance! (Ministerium von Widerstand!) Interview with Fahim, in front of the just occupied ministry of Social Affairs. (RealAudio, 28kb stream).
Text transcription: 14.25 CET -- --- Fahim reporting from outside the building -- "about 80 policemen are now going into the building with drawn clubs. It looks like they going to try to empty the building out. Helicopters and more riot police is arriving on the scene. There is another demonstration elsewhere in town, a big one, and we are trying to get them to come to the Ministry of Resistance here, the ministry of Widerstand, to help us"! --
FRENCH TRANSLATION: Occupation du Ministere des Affaires Sociales -- Transcription 14.25 CET -- Fahim se trouve a l'exterieur du batiment. "Environs 80 policiers sont en train de penetrer dans le batiment avec des matraques. Ils vont apparement essayer de vider les lieux. Des helicopteres et la police anti-emeute est sur le point d'arriver egalement. Il y a une autre demonstration quelque part en ville. Nous essayons de faire venir toutes ces personnes jusqu'ici au Ministere de la resistance, en renfort!"

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THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 14:59 CET, February 4, 2000

We took the building!! Interview with Kurt, protesters have just taken the building of the Ministry of Social Affairs in Vienna. (RealAudio, 28kb stream).
Text transcription: 14.59 CET -- --- Kurt reporting from the Ministry of Social Affairs in Vienna -- " We took the building!! 500 people here have just taken the building of the ministry of Social affairs and are occupying it now - What happened is that the FPO woman who is becoming the new minister of Social Affairs, we heard that so we went here, there were only two polimen in front of the building --Yes, we renamed it the Ministry of resistance -- We mean to keep it occupied! There are 500 of us in there and outside is the police, and behind them are another 2500 protestors!"
---lots of noise, sirens -- we will get back to Kurt later----
FRENCH TRANSLATION -- Reportage a partir du Ministere des Affaires sociales par Kurt -- "Nous avons pris possession du batiment! nous sommes environs 500 personnes a avoir envahi le Ministere des Affaires sociales. Alors que nous avons appris qu'un membre du FPO avait recu le portefeuille des affaires sociales, nous nous sommes rendus sur place ou il n'y avait que deux policiers a l'entree du batiment. Nous avons decide de renommer les lieux le Ministere de la Resistance! Nous avons l'intention de rester. Nous sommes 500. La police est dehors. Il a encore 2500 personnes dehors ".

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THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 14:28 CET, February 4, 2000

Interview with John Kellog, spokesman for the Eupean Monitoring Centre on Racism and xenophobia in Vienna. Part 1 (RealAudio, 28kb stream). and Part 2 (RealAudio, 28kb stream)

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THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 13:22 CET, February 4, 2000

Text transcription due to a bad connection: 13.22 CET -- Fahim reporting -- WIDERSTAND!! WIDERSTAND!! -- Fahim is standing 30 or 40 metres from the building, pressed against the line of police, the crowd is pushing forward and throwing paint, paper etc. at the police. Situation looks grim, although nobody has been wounded so far. Police have done one charge so far, 15 minutes ago. More police is moving right in now..looks like... --connection broken due to police charge --

FRENCH TRANSLATION: Transcription ecrite de la communication telephonique avec Fahim en raison de perturbations sur la ligne telephonique: 13.22 CET Fahim se trouve a environs 30 ou 40 metres du batiment, completement pousse contre les rangees de policiers. La foule se precepite vers l'avant et lance des papiers, des sachets de peinture et des autres objets sur les policiers. La situation est certes tendue mais personne n'a ete blesse jusqu'a present. La police a effectue une arrestation il y a environs 15 minutes. La police revient a la charge et la communication a ete coupee.

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THE LATEST FROM VIENNA, 12:40 CET, February 4, 2000

Interview with Fahim, Live from the demo in front of the Presidential palace, Government has just been installed -). (RealAudio, 28kb stream).
Text transcription: 12.35 CET -- Fahim reporting massive amounts of police including the special forces(Austria's riot police) and helicopters. Demonstrators are kept away by big fences surrounding the building. Protesters won't be stopped, they are climbing over the fences, in trees, on top of cars. The crowd consists of very different groups, old and young alike are standing up against this new government.

FRENCH TRANSLATION: Transcription : 12.45 CET-- Vienne, face au palais presidentiel. Fahim nous rapporte qu'il y a ce moment beaucoup de policiers au niveau du palais presidentiel (Police speciale pour interventions en cas d'emeute) ainsi que des helicopteres. Les manifestants sont retenus par des barrieres nadar qui protegent et entourent le batiment. Mais les manifestants tentent, toutefois, de passer au dessus des barrieres nadar, des voitures ou des arbres. La foule est composee de groupes venant de differents horizons. Les vieux comme les jeunes se tiennent les coudes contre ce nouveau gouvernement.

NEWSFLASH VIENNA, 11:43 CET, February 4, 2000

Live sounds from the demo on the Ballhausplatz, courtesy of Kurt's mobile phone :-). (RealAudio, 28kb stream).
Text transcription: 11.45 CET -- Trying to talk to Kurt who is in the front line of protesters at the Presidential palace where the new ‘government' is installed. A few thousand people have turned up making a lot of noise.

FRENCH TRANSLATION: Transcription : 11.45 CET-Nous essayons de joindre Kurt, qui est en premiere ligne au sein des manifestants au niveau du palais presidentiel, ou le nouveau gouvernement est installe. Il y a environ un millier de personnes qui marquent leur presence en faisant du bruit.

If you don't have RealPlayer software, go here to download the free version

Feb 4, Program for the day:

10.30 - 12.30 "WIR FRAUEN PROTESTIEREN" (We women protest!!)
Speeches & Demo at the Ballhausplatz

ATTACK!!! -- 11.30 CET Ballhausplatz, Vienna DEMO
At 12.00 CET the new Government will be installed
Bring things to make noise with!

04-Feb-2000 - 3.53 CET - By Rosa Antifa Wien (RAW)

Yesterday the protests in Vienna against the participation of the extreme right freedom party (FPOE) already started in the morning. The politicians of the peoples party (OEVP) and the FPOE where faced with spontaneous protests all the day. At 5 p.m. 3 000 protestors gathered in front of the Headquarter of the OEVP. They later went on to the office of the federal president, where FPOE, OEVP and the federal president finalized the coalition deal. The crowd was very loud and also even angrier than the day before. Afterwards the march went on to the HQ of the FPOE, where the streets where blocked by the police like before.

Later the protestors went on through the city for some hours, so fast and with spontaneous changes of the direction that the police sometimes even lost the contact to the demonstration. At 10 p.m. the march arrived at the parliament, still 500 protestors left. Then they chose to enter the Burgtheater (the most famous theater here in Austria) to stop the play and invite the audience to join the protests. Surprisingly some people in the audience reacted with standing ovations. The protestors went on, occupied a hotel for a short time and arrived at the FPOE-HQ again at 12 p.m. where they ended their march. Unfortunately at this point 1 protestor was arrested.

The passer-bys again reacted very friendly to the protestors. The protests are now also gaining more attention in the media.

On the negative side we have to correct ourselves. Other than stated before some of the names of the occupiers of the OEVP-HQ were noted by the police and so they will be sued by the OEVP.

Yesterday evening OEVP and FPOE reached a final agreement with the federal president and so the leader of the OEVP, Wolfgang Schuessel, was ordered to form a government. Today (Friday) the federal president of Austria, Thomas Klestil, will put them into duty. The more necessary it will be to show them from the beginning of their reign, that the resistance - in Austria and also intenational - will go on.

To give them a really bad start there will be a manifestation in front of the office of the federal president today at 11 a.m. On Saturday there will be another march organised by human rights organizations.

Keep on fighting!
Rosa Antifa Wien (RAW)

Two related Homepages:

http://gegenschwarzblau.cjb.net Info about the protest against the FPOE and OEVP in Austria. Now
also in english

http://www.magenta.nl/crosspoint/haider.html
carries a lot of Infos about Joerg Haider and ways to protest.

3-Feb-2000 report by Rosa Antifa Wien (RAW)

Only two days after the announcement of the manifestation, yesterday at 5 p.m some 20 000 persons gathered in front of the Headquarter of the conservative ÖVP, to protest against the planned FPÖ and ÖVP-government. One day ago this building was occupied by 40 activists, which yesterday ended their occupation to join the demo. Although the ÖVP announced to sue them afterwards, the occupants weren't even bothered the police. In view of the 20 000 protestors outside a wise decision.

Afterwards the protesters went on to the office of the federal president (who, at least in theory, would have the possibility to not allow the planned government). This was the, by the organizing human rights organizations, planned finishing-point of the manifestation. But this wasn't enough for some of the protestors, and so one group of them went on to the Headquarters of the FPÖ, while another headed for the parliament. Later these two groups met again in the city and formed a group of 3000 protestors. The police had a lot of troubles to maintain traffic, which led to a huge traffic jam. The protestors went on the FPÖ-HQ again. This time the police tried to stop them, which led to a little fight. After protesting near to the FPÖ for a while the march went on throughout the city. At 10 p.m. the group of still 1000-1500 protestors again arrived at the ÖVP-HQ. The atmosphere was great, if not euphoric. And so they went on again and at 24:00 some 300 protestors arrived in front of the parliament, where the ÖVP was meanwhile discussing the planned coalition.

Throughout the evening a lot of car drivers showed their support for the manifestation, by joining the sound of protest with their car horns. Also the general response of the passers-by was quite good, many even joined the march.

The police reacted rather passive, but they know for sure that massive arrests could lead to international protests. Only the notorious special squad WEGA, which is known for its high (80%) percentage of ÖVP devotees, started to get rather aggressive in the end.

Summed up a great evening, especially because the human rights organization didn't manage to keep the protests just as quiet and "friendly" as they wanted to. Further actions are planned for the next days (and weeks).

Protest against Austrian departments and authorities, show them that a participation of the fascist FPÖ will not be tolerated - NOWHERE!



LATEST FROM VIENNA

Reports from Fahim phoning to I CARE

14.00 cet

All over Vienna small groups of demonstrators. 60 people in front of the building where Haider has his press conference. Massive show of force by police 250!! policemen at the scene.

No violence now but it looks grim...........................

16.00 cet

Fahim is grabbing a quick meal at home, after spending the whole afternoon in town. Small groups of protester are still popping up all over the place, leaving the police searching for them. By using the subway police can't see where demonstrators will pop up next.......

18.00 cet

A group of 2000 protesters is walking from the ÖVP headquarters to the FPÖ headquarters Everybody is making as much as possible noise by shaking their keys. Again much police, but no agression............

OTHER PROTESTS AROUND EUROPE

POLAND

By Rafal Pankowski from Stowarzyszenie 'Nigdy Wiecej'/'Never Again' Association

A demonstration outside the Austrian Embassy in Warsaw took place on 2 February. It was organized by the Anti-Nazi Group (GAN), the Youth Organization of the Polish Socialist Party, and Workers Democracy. The majority of the demonstrators were young people/students. They shouted anti-fascist slogans and handed out leaflets protesting against Haider's participation in the Austrian government. The demonstration was reported in the press and on the television. A representative of the Anti-Nazi Group was invited for a live discussion on the situation in Austria at Polish Radio 1, the biggest radio station in the country. Overall there seems to be a lot of concern about the recent events in Austria in Polish society. The topic is very much discussed in the media.

BELGIUM

Today the french-speaking universities of Belgium sent an official message to all the professors and members of the university community.

The message contains two actions, proposed to the university community. 1.On Friday, the 4th of February, all the professors are asked to pass the message below on during the lessons and remind all students of the tragedy brought by fascism in Europe during the twentieth century. 2.All the members of the university community are invited to gather in a certain place, on Friday the 4th of February, around 1 pm, to demonstrate support to democracy. At that time, the European flag will be held in all the university institutional places, in a symbolic way.

Resume of the message
The french-speaking universities of Belgium are conscious of the dangers related to the growing power of the extremist right-wing parties in the European Union. They share ideas on democracy, tolerance and on a free research of the truth. They share the aim to teach and to transfer knowledge. The European Union is a direct heritage of a peace-process in the respect of human rights. Haider's party represent all what we are fighting against. That's why we want to prevent a political and ethical regression in the European Union. The universities are ready to help those in Austria who want to introduce criticism in the political and the educational system and fight what we consider to be a crime against intelligence.

Louis Michel, the leader of the Liberal Party and the minister of Foreign Affairs, yesterday, called for all Belgians, " to not go on holiday in Austria, it would be morally wrong behaviour". Belgium will reduce contacts with Austria to the minimum. The ambassador will probably be recalled to Belgium for ‘consultation'. No political contacts will be maintained. The Belgian Prime Minister for the French speaking region(Communaute Francaise) also said that he will suspend all cultural relations with Austria.

THE NETHERLANDS

Activists from Nederland Bekent Kleur (Holland commits to color) are picketing on the Amsterdam train station tonight (from 19:45 CET on) to inform the passengers of the Donau Walzer (Direct train Amsterdam-Austria) of the situation in Austria

Already Mr. Haider is showing some of his agenda: during the coalition talks his FPÖ and the ÖVP agreed on an immigration-stop for Austria.

About Haider and the FPÖ

Jörg Haider has a long history of flirting with National-Socialism and has made some very revealing remarks over the years. Click here for a list.

The Anti Defamation League has a very good background file on Haider.

More background on Haider

Background on the general situation in Austria right now.

The BBC Profile on Jörg Haider

Haider cashes in on cheap foreign labor

What can you do?

Support the Austrian anti-racism organisations (see further down), but also it is still very important to protest and put pressure on the involved politicians, for example your government, members of democratic parties in your country and the members of the European Parliament.

Send them e-mail to protest against this coalition and voice your concern about the Austrian membership of the European Union.

If you need a standard text, you can find it here.

Here are some e-mail addresses:

ÖVP
e-mail address: email@oevp.at
Minister of Foreign Affairs Dr. Wolfgang Schüssel: Wolfgang.Schuessel@oevp.at
General Secretary of the ÖVP Mrs. Maria Rauch-Kallat: Maria.Rauch-Kallat@oevp.at

The EEP (European People's Party, Christian Democrats) in the European Parliament, of which the ÖVP is a part:

e-mail epp-ed@europarl.eu.int
EPP Group
European Parliament
Rue Wiertz
B-1047 Brussels
Tel. +32-2-284-21-11
Fax +32-2-230-97-93

Of course you can also send your letters to the Christian Democratic Party in your own country, to your government or to the Austrian embassy in your country!

For a list of e-mail addresses of European Parliament members, go here.

SUPPORT THE ANTI RACISM ORGANISATIONS IN AUSTRIA!


The people who need our support right now are the anti-racism organisations in Austria who are actively fighting the Haider rise-to-power. They think the best way to help them is to support them with their actions in Austria itself. Send them mail to wish them strenght in these hard times or send them a contribution in money!

On their websites you can also find news about the ongoing actions in Vienna, in German.

Coordination of the action against the
Black-Blue coalition (Gegen schwarzblau)
e-mail: content@gegenschwarzblau.net

o5 - Österreichische Widerstand e-mail: join.o5@gmx.at

ZARA. e-mail zara_vienna@t0.or.at

In the spotligh: ZARA

I would like to introduce to you today a young organisation in Vienna, Austria: ZARA ­ Counseling for Victims and Witnesses of Racism in Austria.

ZARA counsels persons who have experienced racist attacks, insults or discrimination, either as a witness or as the target of such an action ­ and it offers advice, legal counseling, help and information. ZARA is a team of professionals specialized in assisting people individually in the process of resolving racist experiences. ZARA offers legal and other, problem-specific counsel. ZARA will support and assist victims and witnesses until the case is settled and will systematically document all incidents that are reported. ZARA also offers visits in schools and workshops. ZARAs services are free of charge.

As a group of friends (and former collegues in the field of Anti-racist work) we founded ZARA in fall 1999 because we think such a service is urgently needed in Austria. We work in our free time. We are currently offering our service 4 days a week in an office that is one room in the office of another orgnisation, SOS-Mitmensch.

We are currently not receiving any money from the State of Austria and as far as one can expect with the new government we will not receive any subsidy. (How strange and terrible that we can presuppose that you all over the world know what SORT of an Austrian government we are talking of!)

Anyways: We need members and donations!
If you find our work important and valuable, please consider supporting us

financially:
Account 61552279003, routing code 19200, SKWB Schöllerbank

If you have any further questions, please feel free to mail to:
zara_vienna@t0.or.at

Austrian Resistance has a name again: o5

What is O5?
O5 is the sign for the Austrian resistance

What was O5?
"O5" was the sign of the Austrian resistance movement during the last nazi-years.

The provisional Austrian National Committee was founded on December 18, 1944. "O" is the letter O (not zero, but O) "5" stands for the fifth letter of the alphabet, the "E". "O5" stands also for "OE" ("Ö") which also means Österreich (Austria).

The Dokumentationsarchiv des Österreichischen Widerstandes (Archive of the Austrian Resistance) http://www.doew.at
Resistance and persecution, Exile, Nazi crimes, Holocaust, right-extremism after 1945.

Reports from the first days of the anti FPÖ/ÖVP actions in Austria

On Wednesday, February 2, 2000, Reports and interviews from the occupation of the ÖVP building in Vienna came in, live reports were provided by antifascists on the scene, in cooperation with I CARE.

Audio reports as they came in: (English language, Real Audio stream, 28 k. ) Click on a file to listen to the reports:

If you don't have RealPlayer software, go here to download the free version

audiofile 1 Interview with Fahim, from the roof of the OVP building, 10:14 CET
audiofile 2 WIDERSTAND! Live from the building, situation report, 11:36 CET
audiofile 3 Statement from Sabine, one of the people gathering in the office of SOS-Mitmensch, preparing for the demo this afternoon (German language),12:02 CET.
audiofile 4 Statement by Paul Mitchell from Linkswende, about the situation in Vienna. 12:09 CET.
audiofile 5 Interview with Max from SOS Mitmensch, live from Vienna, 14:41 CET.
audiofile 6 Live from the roof of the occupied building again...decision time...what to do ? 15:15 CET.

Reports live from the demonstration against the ÖVP-FPÖ coalition The demo started at 17:00 hrs CET in front of the occupied ÖVP headquarters building, Lichtenfelsgasse 2, Vienna.

audiofile 7 Live from the roof, start of the demo! 17:08 CET.
audiofile 8 Live from the demonstration, situation report by Paul Mitchell, 17:20 CET
audiofile 9 Downstairs from the roof, into the demo! Live report, 17:45 CET
audiofile 10 Live from the demo, situation, Interview with Paul Mitchell, 18:07 CET.
audiofile 11 Interview with Paul Mitchell, official end of the demonstration..but...not really! 19:13 CET.


audiofile 12 The demonstration has ended but...goes on and spreads all over Vienna! Live interview with Fahim, still going at it! 20:36 CET


20:40 CET -- I CARE GRASS-ROOTS BROADCASTING SIGNING OFF
Our thanks to all the people in Vienna who made our broadcast possible! We will come back on the situation in Austria in the coming days!



Declaration of the Austrian antiracist movement, text-file, click here

Click here for the call for the demonstration at 17:00 today (text file, German)

Click here for Text-reports in English & French.

Here you can find Real Audio files recorded yesterday by Radio Orange in Vienna.

Click here for earlier broadcasts (January 26) from actions in Vienna.



Text-reports as they come in:

First report from the roof of the OVP building in Vienna (English) 10:14 CET

There are right now 8 people on the roof, holding banners against racism and against the new coalition. The demonstrators are actually stuck on the roof because the police locked the ground door. About 30 persons are downstairs, but they can't get inside the building. The demonstrators have phone contacts with the outside to keep informed of all the possible developments.

About 500 people demonstrated yesterday around 11 o'clock in front of the parliament building. They shouted in anger against racism and the new coalition. The police arrived but had trouble to handle the situation, as far as they are not used to be confronted in such situations.

The demonstation is going to continue this afternoon. The roof-occupation will keep on going. The demonstrators have enough food to last a long time and they will stay and occupy the building as long as they can. They will soon decide if they will start a noise & sound action to bother the building tenants, members of the ÖVP party.

Premier reportage, du toit du batiment de l'OVP (Français) 10:14 CET

Il y a en ce moment 8 personnes sur le toit du batiment de l'OVP, tenant des slogans contre le racisme et contre la nouvelle coalition. Les manifestants sont enfermes sur le toit car les policiers ont boucle l'entree du batiment. Plus personne ne peut entrer ou sortir. Toutefois, environ 30 personnes se tiennent a l'entree du batiment. Les manifestants sont en contact permanent par telephone pour se tenir au courant d'eventuels developpements.

Environ 500 personnes ont manifeste hier soir, vers 11 heure, devant le parlement autrichien. Ils ont crie leur colere contre un gouvernement raciste. La police est ensuite arrivee mais n'a pas vraiment su comment maitriser la situation, etant donne qu'ils ne sont pas habitues a etre confrontes a une telle situation.

La manifestation va continuer cette apres-midi. Les manifestants comptent rester sur le toit. Ils ont suffisament de nourriture et resteront le temps necessaire. Ils envisagent de protester bruyamment pour perturber les occupants du batiment.

Second report from the roof of the OVP building

There is about 5 camera-teams reporting the demonstration on the roof. The demonstrators are standing, holdings banners and shouting slogans.

One hour ago they received a call from someone downstair, organizing the afternoon demonstration. A lot of people are coming spontaneously and want to do something to show their anger. All those people want to demonstrate this afternoon. According to the reporter there are going to be at least a few thousand people there. The police is getting ready.

Deuxieme reportage, a partir du toit du batiment de l'OVP

Il y a en ce moment environ 5 equipes de differentes chaines de television, filmant les manifestants qui occupent le toit du batiment de l'OVP. Les manifestants se sont mis debout, tiennent des panneaux et chantent des slogans.

Il y a une heure, ils ont recu un coup de fil d'une personne se trouvant au rez-de-chaussee et qui est en train d'organiser une manifestion spontanee pour cet apres-midi. En effet, plusieurs centaines de personnes veulent se mobiliser pour montrer leur colere envers ce nouveau gouvernement. Selon notre reporter, il pourrait y avoir au moins quelques milliers de personnes cet apres-midi. La police se prepare a devoir intervenir.

Paul Mitchell's report

Since the occupation of the OVP building, small groups of demonstrators are permanently active. Yesterday evening, at about 10 o'clock, a spontaneous massive demonstration occured in front of the parliament building. Four hundred people, mostly students, not organized people, were screaming their anger about the new gouvernment. They were screaming sentences like "Haider is a fascist". They are not ready to accept a right wing party in the gouvernment.. They think that Schuessel would do anything for power and that he can be bought. The demonstrators were around the governement for more than a hour.They apparently succeedded in preventing the politicians from coming out of the building. Afterwards the streets were blocked and the demonstration continued until 2 o'clock and caused traffic chaos in the streets around the gouvernement districts. Right now there are demonstrators in front of the President's office. They seem to be gathering spontaneously again. Police is getting ready to protect people's party headquarter against the demonstration this evening. People's party leaders are meeting at around the same time that the demonstration is planned. There is really a spontaneously massive mouvement.

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Depuis le debut de l'occupation des batiments de l'OVP, de petits groupes de manifestants sont tres actifs. Hier soir, aux alentours de 10 heure, une manifestation spontanee s'est formee devant le parlement. Il y avait environ 400 personnes, principalement des etudiants, criant leur colere. Ils criaient de phases, telles que "Haider est un Fasciste". Manifestement, ils ne sont pas prets d'accepter une branche d'extreme droite au sein de leur gouvernement. Ils considerent Schuessel comme etant en quete de pouvoir et veritablement achete par Haider. Les manifestants sont restes devant le gouvernement pendant plus d'une heure. Ils ont apparemment reussi a empecher les politiciens d'entrer . Vers 14 heure, les rues ont ete bloquees par le passage des manifestants, provoquant un reel chaos au niveau de la circulation. En ce moment, il y a des manifestants devant le bureau du president. Ils semblent s'etre rassembles spontanement. Par ailleurs, la police se prepare a pouvoir proteger les batiments du parti de la liberte. En effet, une manifestation est prevue au moment ou le parti de la liberte doit tenir une reunion. Le mouvement de contestation est veritablement spontane.

Live report from the roof

There are still people standing on the roof. The demonstartion keeps on going on. (we can hear the peolple shouting).Most of the demonstrators are young people. The police's presence is not strong nearby the roof. Now a lot of people are coming from all directions, with banners. The demonstrators are planning to leave de roof in few minutes and to join the people in the streets.

Reportage en direct du toit

Il y a encore, a l'heure actuelle, des personnes sur le toit du batiment du parti conservateur. La manifestation continue et on peut entendre, a partir du toit, les gens crieer des slogans. La plupart des manifestants sont des jeunes gens. La police n'est plus vraiment presente au niveau du toit. En ce moment des gens, tenant des slogans, viennent de toutes les directions pour rejoindre la foule.Les manifestants se trouvant sur le toit compte quitter leur emplacement dans quelques minutes et rejoindre le reste de la foule.

Downstairs from the roof into the demonstration.

We talked to Fahim just before the group on the roof of the OVP building lead that demonstration downstairs to the presidential palace : "There are about 8000 people standing out there, they are banging their keys in protest against Schuessel (which means key in german). We are right now stepping through a window into the building to go outside. The building is actually empty and we are facing a lot of closed doors " As the group stepped outside, they were greeted by the crowd. Fahim had to hang up as the noises became so loud that he couldn't shout over it. We will get back to him later.

Du toit jusquá la manifestation

Nous avons joint Fahim juste avant que le groupe de manifestants se trouvant sur le toit decide de rejoindre la foule se trouvant a l'exterieur du batiment, dans les rues, en direction des batiments presidentiels : "Il y a plus ou moins 8000 personnes la-bas, ils font du bruit avec leurs cles pour montrer leur mecontentement envers Schuessel (qui veut dire cle en allemand). Nous sortons du batiment en passant par les fenetres. Le batiment est completement vide et nous sommes confrontes a de nombreuses portes closes." Lorsque le groupe de Fahim est sorti du batiment il a ete accueilli par la foule. Fahim a du raccrocher car le bruit provenant de la foule etait terrible. Nous essayerons de le joindre plutard.

We're talking to Paul Mitchell, live from the demonstration in Vienna. Paul how are things going?

The demonstration has officially finished, but a large number og people are all moving in the same direction and i suspect that they are moving somewhere else. I'm not sure where they are going, but i think they're possibly heading for the headquarters of the Freedom Party. We'll be following them anyway, they seem to know where they are going.

Any police present so far?

The police are very, very low key. I can see two policemen standing outside the president's office, and apart from that absolutely nothing. The demonstrators are very angry but they are not going to be violent.

We saw a lot of policemen around the presidential office earlier on German television, when Haider en Schuessel were coming out.

I was there when Haider came in; there were not many demonstrators at this point. He drove his car straight towards me (at least his driver did). I found myself blocking his car without even intending to do so. He went inside the presidents office. There were a lot of policemen, not really a danger of violence, just a lot of vocal anger.

What do think of Haider's party getting the department of justice?

Well that's a disaster. He's a person who abuses the justice system to his own end, for example he sues his political opponents every week. He's using lawyers to silence the opposition. If you say 'Haider is a fascist' in Austria, you will be sued and can loose your savings ans there is nothing to stop that. Senior people, who are responsible for justice policy within the FPOe are on record of making up racist statements. One of their legal spokesmen said for example that all Africans are agressive by nature. She may be the new minister, she was in discussion for it. Another legal spokesman boasted that he had concentrationcamp souvenirs in his house. This sort of people are going to be in the justice department. It's not a very happy thought.

Nous avons joint Paul Mitchell, en direct de la manifestation a Vienne. Paul, comment ca va?

La manifestation est officiellement terminee, mais un grand nombre de personnes continuent a avancer dans la meme direction et je suppose qu'elles vont toutes au meme endroit. Je ne sais pas exactement ou elles vont mais je pense qu'elles se dirigent probablement vers les quartiers generaux du parti de la liberte. Nous les suivront de toute facon, elles semblent savoir ou elles vont.

Y-a-t'il des policiers dans les alentours?

La police n'est pas tres presente. Je peux voir deux policiers se trouvant devant le bureau du president, mais a part cela, absolument rien. Les manifestants sont certes tres faches mais ils ne seront pas violents.

Nous avons vu beaucoup de policiers aux alentours des batiments presidentiels a la television allemande plus tot dans l'apres-midi, lorsque Haider et Schuessel sont sortis.

J'etait la quand Haider est sorti du batiment. Il n'y avait pas beaucoup de manifestants a ce moment-la. Il m'a pratiquement roule dessus (enfin, plutot son chauffeur). Je bloquais sa voiture alors que je n'en avais pas l'intention. Il est alors rentre dans le batiment presidentiel. Il y avait beaucoup de policiers, il n'y avait pas un reel danger. Il s'agissait plutot de l'expression bruyante d'une colere profonde.

Que pensez-vous du fait qu'Haider recoive le portefeuille de la justice?

C'est un desastre! Il est une personne qui abuse de la justice a ses propres fins, par exemple il poursuit en justice tous ces opposants politiques, chaque semaine. Il utilise des avocats pour reduire au silence toute opposition. Si vous dites "Haider est un fasciste" en Autriche, vous serez poursuivis and perdrez vos economies. Rien ne peux arreter cela. Certaines personnes bien placees au sein de l'FPO et responsables de la justice sont connues pour faire des declarations racistes. Un de leurs representants officiels a dit par exemple que les africains sont tous agressifs de nature. Elle aura sans doute un poste ministeriel, des discussions dans ce sens ont en tout cas eues lieu. Un autre representant officiel s'etait aussi vante d'avoir des souvenirs des camps de concentration dans sa maison. C'est ce genre de personnes que nous allons retrouver dans le secteur de la justice. Ce n'est pas une idee plaisante.


To the international community

Declaration of the Austrian antiracist movement

In this moment of Austrian history we are deeply concerned with the political developments in our country. For more than 10 years, many NGOs, initiatives and smaller parties have tried to change the austrian racist reality without success.

In the new millenium, Austria still is not a democracy but a national democracy. More than 10 % of our population is systematically denied all political rights and participation, often even for decades, they are kept in the status of "foreigners". Even in the trade-unions, there are no equal voting rights for all workers and employees. This system, guaranteeing equality not to human beeings but to citizens only, is unique in Europe. Since a democratic system has been imposed on Austria after World War II, not only the conservatives and the right wing, but also the governing social democrats fortified this system of nationalistic and racist segregation and exclusion. This lack of balance in the political system led to the uprising of a party that is openly promoting a revision of Nazi history, using racism as an effective political tool due to the lack of a counterveilling power.

Even the killing of Marcus Omofuma during his deportation on May 1st 1999 did not lead to any antiracist measures. On the contrary, police action, especially against people with African background, increased drastically. Charles O., major activist, writer and poet from Nigeria, was even accused of being a drug-boss and imprisoned for 3 months, before he had to be released due to complete lack of evidence and major charges were dropped. Nevertheless these practices led to significant intimidation of the Black communities in their political campaigning.

Under such unfair conditions of criminalisation and the lack of democratic rights, we welcome initiatives from the side of the international community that put pressure on Austrian representatives. Austria is facing a drastic swing to the right. With a right-conservative government things will even get worse for people discriminated on grounds of racism, including the Jewish minority, as well as for people discriminated on the grounds of sexual orientation, sexual identity or on the grounds of being physically handicaped.

For some years now, Austria is known in the European Union for its attempts to radically alter the politics towards a demontage of the Geneva Convention and the denial of asylum for refugees. Austria has become the home-base for right-wing policies, threatening emancipatory movements all over Europe. Therefore it is in the self-interest of all democratic powers in Europe to try to reverse the political currents in Austria. We want to encourage all international steps in this direction, hoping that the European Union at least has learned from history, while the official Austria has not.

Under any government to come, Austria should finally change towards a fair democratic system which includes the right to vote for all permanent inhabitants, in which there is an anti-discrimination-law with respective enforcement, in which immigrants are not treated as enemies and in which human rights are really respected.

Platform for a world without racism

Vienna, 1.2.2000

(Please distribute this declaration to your regional and national media as well as to politicians).

e ÖVP-HQ. The atmosphere was great, if not euphoric. And so they went on again and at 24:00 some 300 protestors arrived in front of the parliament, where the ÖVP was meanwhile discussing the planned coalition.

Throughout the evening a lot of car drivers showed their support for the manifestation, by joining the sound of protest with their car horns. Also the general response of the passers-by was quite good, many even joined the march.

The police reacted rather passive, but they know for sure that massive arrests could lead to international protests. Only the notorious special squad WEGA, which is known for its high (80%) percentage of ÖVP devotees, started to get rather aggressive in the end.

Summed up a great evening, especially because the human rights organization didn't manage to keep the protests just as quiet and "friendly" as they wanted to. Further actions are planned for the next days (and weeks).

Protest against Austrian departments and authorities, show them that a participation of the fascist FPÖ will not be tolerated - NOWHERE!



LATEST FROM VIENNA

Reports from Fahim phoning to I CARE

14.00 cet

All over Vienna small groups of demonstrators. 60 people in front of the building where Haider has his press conference. Massive show of force by police 250!! policemen at the scene.

No violence now but it looks grim...........................

16.00 cet

Fahim is grabbing a quick meal at home, after spending the whole afternoon in town. Small groups of protester are still popping up all over the place, leaving the police searching for them. By using the subway police can't see where demonstrators will pop up next.......

18.00 cet

A group of 2000 protesters is walking from the ÖVP headquarters to the FPÖ headquarters Everybody is making as much as possible noise by shaking their keys. Again much police, but no agression............

OTHER PROTESTS AROUND EUROPE

POLAND

By Rafal Pankowski from Stowarzyszenie 'Nigdy Wiecej'/'Never Again' Association

A demonstration outside the Austrian Embassy in Warsaw took place on 2 February. It was organized by the Anti-Nazi Group (GAN), the Youth Organization of the Polish Socialist Party, and Workers Democracy. The majority of the demonstrators were young people/students. They shouted anti-fascist slogans and handed out leaflets protesting against Haider's participation in the Austrian government. The demonstration was reported in the press and on the television. A representative of the Anti-Nazi Group was invited for a live discussion on the situation in Austria at Polish Radio 1, the biggest radio station in the country. Overall there seems to be a lot of concern about the recent events in Austria in Polish society. The topic is very much discussed in the media.

BELGIUM

Today the french-speaking universities of Belgium sent an official message to all the professors and members of the university community.

The message contains two actions, proposed to the university community. 1.On Friday, the 4th of February, all the professors are asked to pass the message below on during the lessons and remind all students of the tragedy brought by fascism in Europe during the twentieth century. 2.All the members of the university community are invited to gather in a certain place, on Friday the 4th of February, around 1 pm, to demonstrate support to democracy. At that time, the European flag will be held in all the university institutional places, in a symbolic way.

Resume of the message
The french-speaking universities of Belgium are conscious of the dangers related to the growing power of the extremist right-wing parties in the European Union. They share ideas on democracy, tolerance and on a free research of the truth. They share the aim to teach and to transfer knowledge. The European Union is a direct heritage of a peace-process in the respect of human rights. Haider's party represent all what we are fighting against. That's why we want to prevent a political and ethical regression in the European Union. The universities are ready to help those in Austria who want to introduce criticism in the political and the educational system and fight what we consider to be a crime against intelligence.

Louis Michel, the leader of the Liberal Party and the minister of Foreign Affairs, yesterday, called for all Belgians, " to not go on holiday in Austria, it would be morally wrong behaviour". Belgium will reduce contacts with Austria to the minimum. The ambassador will probably be recalled to Belgium for ‘consultation'. No political contacts will be maintained. The Belgian Prime Minister for the French speaking region(Communaute Francaise) also said that he will suspend all cultural relations with Austria.

THE NETHERLANDS

Activists from Nederland Bekent Kleur (Holland commits to color) are picketing on the Amsterdam train station tonight (from 19:45 CET on) to inform the passengers of the Donau Walzer (Direct train Amsterdam-Austria) of the situation in Austria

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