Austria: Identitarian Movement rally met with counter-demo

Around 300 Identitarian Movement supporters protested in front of the Austrian Ministry of Justice in Vienna on Saturday, where a heavy police presence kept them apart from a nearby counter-demonstration.

The protest was held following reported plans by the Austrian government to ban the Identitarian Movement. Its supporters chanted slogans against migration into Austria and in support of “free speech.”

The group’s leader Martin Sellner, who spoke at the rally, said he was convinced the organisation would remain in existence. “The hysteria will go away. Legally there is nothing up against us. And we will continue our peaceful patriotic activism,” he stated.

The group is being investigated after Austrian police found that Sellner had received a €1,500 donation from a man with the same surname as the Christchurch shooter.

Chancellor Sebastian Kurz confirmed the link between the Austrian Identitarian Movement and the Christchurch killer, saying the “full force of the law” would be applied since there can be “no tolerance for dangerous ideologies.”

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