Institute for New Culture Technologies in Vienna firmly
opposes any policy leading to discrimination, defamation
participation of the Freedom Party (FPOE) in the Austrian
government represents a dangerous precedent for the
political unity of Europe. The FPOE's inclusion in the
government amounts to a political legitimisation of
acts such as playing down Nazi crimes and stirring up
resentment, xenophobia and sexism.
also acts to legitimise attempts of political zigzagging,
refusal of dialogue, and intimidation against dissenters.
workers have repeatedly been attacked by the Freedom
Party. The Institute for New Culture Technologies t0
has itself experienced what it means to be an opponent
of Joerg Haider when a slandering campaign against it
could only be stopped by court action. The court ruling
has since successfully countered his defamations.
FPOE's inclusion in the government is a serious threat
to democracy. Therefore we appeal to you to continue
to critically monitor the developments in Austria, so
that this unacceptable political situation can be reversed
and can never become an example for others.
not only the current governmental coalition, but also
those forces that resist it, would mean working into
the hands of the FPOE in its efforts to undermine a
support us and all the others who oppose the current
development and who jointly act for freedom, tolerance