Austrian condemn MP's pro-Nazi comments

November 8, 2006 17:46


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Austrian politicians on Wednesday condemned a right-wing lawmaker for making positive comments about Nazi policies. Wolfgang Zanger, a lawmaker for the right-wing Freedom Party of Austria, said in a television interview late Tuesday that "of course there were good sides to National Socialism, we just don't hear about them anymore." Zanger commended the Nazi party for reducing unemployment and launched infrastructure projects. Social Democrat lawmaker Norbert Darabos on Wednesday called Zanger's words "scandalous and wholly unacceptable." Salzburg Governor Gabi Burgstaller, also a Social Democrat, said Zanger should resign. "Such delegates aren't wanted in the Lower House of Parliament," she said. Freedom Party leader Heinz-Christian Strache distanced his party from the comments, saying in statement that "the condemnation of National Socialism ... like any other criminal world view is totally without question for the (party)."

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