Austria’s Freedom Party leader says far-rightists are ‘the new Jews’

The leader of Austria’s far-right Freedom Party, Hans-Christian Strache, came in for sharp criticism Monday after reportedly comparing demonstrations against far-right students with the persecution of Jews.

A reporter of the daily Der Standard overheard Strache at a controversial Vienna ball organized by right-wing student unions on Friday.

It drew some 2,600 demonstrators, critical of the fact that the event coincided with the Holocaust memorial day.

“We are the new Jews,” the Freedom Party (FPOe) chief was quoted as saying to others attendees in conversation, reacting to leftist and radical protesters who had heckled some guests as they arrived at the venue.


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