VIENNA (Feb. 24)
The Austrian Government took precautions today to guard against Nazi demonstrations following Chancellor Kurt Schuschnigg’s address to the Diet.
Instructions issued to the police stress that regulations against public manifestations of Nazi sympathies are still effective. The following prohibitions remain in force: Wearing of the swastika; giving the Hitler salute; singing German national anthems without special permission; wearing uniforms without special permission; displaying the German flag; calling political meetings, for which sole right is reserved to the patriotic Fatherland Front; regulations regarding importation of newspapers, magazines and books.
A warning was issued that Nazi propaganda activities, such as displaying placards and collecting funds, will be punished.
Authoritative denials were issued today of reports in the foreign press that the Hitler-approved Minister of Interior, Dr. Arthur Seyss-Inquart, and Heinrich Himmler, head of the Hitler’s elite guard and of the Secret State police, had discussed elimination of the Jews from the Austrian press. It was stated, however, that the Austrian press could not be permitted to publish material harming friendly relations with Germany, under severe penalties, including suppression of offending papers.