Archive/File: orgs/austrian/freedom-party/press reuter.950324 Last-Modified: 1995/04/02 Chancellor tells far right to dump politician By Steve Pagani VIENNA, March 24 (Reuter) - Austrian Chancellor Franz Vranitzky called on the far-right opposition Freedom Party on Friday to drop a prominent member whose son is on trial for neo-Nazi activities. Freedom Party leader Joerg Haider in turn warned the member to distance himself publicly from his son. Social Democrat Vranitzky said Haider should remove Hans-Joerg Schimanek senior from his seat in the regional parliament of Lower Austria province because he had not spoken out against his son's political activities. ``There is one thing Haider can do for Austria and that is remove Schimanek from the Lower Austria assembly. Schimanek senior has been quiet for too long,'' the chancellor said in a statement. Schimanek's son, Hans-Joerg Schimanek Jr, was on trial for a fifth day in a Vienna court, accused of leading an extremist paramilitary group and belonging to a banned neo-Nazi organisation. ``If he does not condemn what his son has been doing, then he is, through his silence, condoning rightwing extremism,'' Vranitzky said. Haider's party became the biggest far-right parliamentary grouping in Europe after winning nearly a quarter of the vote in Austria's general election in October. Haider has spoken out against a series of suspected neo-Nazi bomb attacks on foreigners in Austria in the past 15 months. And with support on the rise, he has begun to moderate his radical anti-immigrant language in an attempt to win backing from the middle class. Responding to a question on Schimanek Snr, Haider was quoted by Der Standard newspaper as saying: ``If he does not distance himself from his son, then we don't want anything more to do with him.'' Schimanek Jr, 31, a former professional soldier, has apologised to the court for organising combat sessions for young men in the vineyards of Langenlois, near Vienna. Part of the training concentrated on throat-slitting. But he denies membership of an extreme right group, the People's Loyal Extraparliamentary Opposition (VAPO), led by Gottfried Kuessel who was jailed in September for 11 years. If convicted, Schimanek faces a maximum sentence of life imprisonment. But he would be unlikely to receive a longer jail term than Kuessel. From port.island.net!oneb!kmcvay Thu Jun 1 22:36:17 1995 Return-Path:
Received: by nizkor.almanac.bc.ca (Smail184.108.40.206 #8) id m0sHPP7-0008ouC; Thu, 1 Jun 95 22:36 PDT Received: from port.island.net by nizkor.almanac.bc.ca ; 1 JUN 95 22:36:11 PDT Received: from oneb by port.island.net with uucp (Smail220.127.116.11 #2) id m0sHPbt-000IStC; Thu, 1 Jun 95 22:49 PDT Received: by oneb.almanac.bc.ca (/\=-/\ Smail18.104.22.168 #18.33) id ; Thu, 1 Jun 95 22:33 PDT Message-Id: Subject: no subject (file transmission) To: port.island.net!nizkor.almanac.bc.ca!kmcvay Date: Thu, 1 Jun 95 22:33:17 PDT From: Ken McVay X-Mailer: ELM [version 2.3 PL0] Status: RO Archive/File: fascism/germany reuter.032495 Last-Modified: 1995/04/02 REUTER Reut11:54 03-24 a0901LBY080reulb r i.. BC-GERMANY-EXTREMISTS 03-24 0567 BC-GERMANY-EXTREMISTS (SCHEDULED) Germans criticise U.S. for not helping fight neo-Nazis By Michael Christie BONN, March 24 (Reuter) - German justice officials criticised their American counterparts on Friday for failing to help Bonn track down and silence a leading American neo-Nazi who has smuggled hate literature into Germany for two decades. But prosecutors said they expected Denmark to extradite the neo-Nazi, Gary Lauck, who fled there from the United States. In the past attempts to have Copenhagen help fight German extremists have failed. Bonn had two major successes in its fight against neo-Nazis this week when Lauck was arrested in Denmark on Monday and masses of his banned propaganda was seized in raids on 80 flats around Germany on Thursday. The BKA federal police agency said it had pleaded for years to U.S. justice authorities to investigate Lauck, who runs a Nazi publishing empire from Lincoln, Nebraska. ``We have frequently applied to have Lauck's premises searched but the Americans were unwilling to help in any way, even after contact was taken up as high as the ministerial level,'' a spokesman told reporters in Hamburg. German radio quoted intellignece service reports as saying Lauck had left the United States for Denmark because he had come under pressure from American civil rights groups. A spokesman for the Hamburg public prosecutor said his arrest could herald a crackdown in Denmark and added: ``We are extremely hopeful that Lauck will be extradited and will face trial in Hamburg.'' The use of Nazi symbols and slogans is banned in Germany. Giving the straight-arm salute or waving the swastika flag can lead to up to five years in jail. Denmark, the United States, Canada and other countries have more liberal free speech laws which neo-Nazis have been able to exploit to publish beyond the reach of German police. Bonn, which tightened its laws against the far-right when neo-Nazi violence surged after German unification in 1990, has long complained that other countries were not ready to curb their freedom of expression to help it. The Germans have for years sought the extradition from Denmark of 76-year-old neo-Nazi Ties Christophersen. They have also wanted to question Ernst Zuendel in Canada. Lauck, who spent four months in a German jail in 1976 for peddling Nazi propaganda, heads the National Socialist German Workers' Party - Foreign Organisation (NSDAP-AO), a name derived from the official title of Adolf Hitler's party. His group publishes Nazi magazines in a dozen languages and produces millions of racist stickers, posters and armbands. In their Thursday raids, police seized about 10,000 swastika stickers, 200 copies of Lauck's NS Kampfruf (''Battle Cry'') magazine, many Nazi flags and several weapons. Ernst Uhrlau, head of Hamburg's anti-extremist security agency, said it would be a major strike against the neo-Nazi underground if Lauck could be brought to trial in Germany. ``The NSDAP-AO has been very important for German neo-Nazis in the last 15 to 20 years because it managed to distribute important publications and also propaganda from a safe area,'' Uhrlau told Germany's all-news N-TV television station. ``When Lauck stands before a German court and is jailed, the NSDAP-AO publications will be headless and leaderless and an important propaganda instrument will have been silenced. That would be a massive blow against neo-Nazism in Germany.''
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