Right Wing Viennese Protest Turkey’s Erdogan

Two protest marches were held on Thursday to coincide with the visit to Vienna of Turkey’s controversial prime minister, Recep Tayyip Erdogan.

A group of protesters clashed with Erdogan supporters on the Reichsbrücke, according to the Heute paper.

According to eyewitness reports a group of counter-demonstrators threw stones and glass bottles at the anti-Erdogan marchers. Police intervened and used pepper spray to disperse the protesters.

Erdogan was in Vienna for a private meeting with 7,000 of his closest friends and supporters in Austria.

The visit has stirred controversy, with Freedom Party (FPÖ) leader Heinz-Christian Strache warning him to stay home, and Austrian foreign minister Sebastien Kurz telling him to avoid making damaging remarksin his speech.

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Austrian far-right leader Heinz-Christian Strache told Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Sunday to “stay at home,” ahead of a controversial election rally planned in Vienna later this month.

The populist Freedom Party (FPOe) opposes Turkey’s proposed admission to the European Union and is also strongly anti-immigration and anti-Islam.

In recent EU elections, the FPOe — which has been seeking an alliance with France’s National Front and Italy’s Northern League — won 19.7 percent of votes, finishing third behind the ruling parties.

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“Patriot” Movement Explodes

The Southern Poverty Law Center is reporting explosive growth in the self designated Patriot Movement

 

The radical right grew explosively in 2011, the third such dramatic expansion in as many years. The growth was fueled by superheated fears generated by economic dislocation, a proliferation of demonizing conspiracy theories, the changing racial makeup of America, and the prospect of four more years under a black president who many on the far right view as an enemy to their country.

The number of hate groups counted by the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) last year reached a total of 1,018, up slightly from the year before but continuing a trend of significant growth that is now more than a decade old. The truly stunning growth came in the antigovernment “Patriot” movement — conspiracy-minded groups that see the federal government as their primary enemy.