Vienna (May. 11)
The Ministry of Science has ruled that the neo-Nazi Aktion Neue Rechte (ANR) is eligible to run in the upcoming elections of student representatives at Austrian universities. Earlier, the electoral committees at the universities in Vienna and Graz had rejected the ANR’s application.
The Ministry, in announcing its decision, stated, “We do not have to examine the political intentions of groups applying for candidacy. We only examine the formal requirements.” Last year’s student elections were declared unconstitutional by the Supreme Court because ANR participation was blocked by other political groups.
Last week the Oesterreichische Kinderfreunde, a Socialist child welfare organization, called for a ban on the ANR and the right-wing Nationaldemikratische Partei (NDP). It urged that clear anti-fascist positions be incorporated in the education provided by Austrian schools and youth clubs.
There will be no Daily News Bulletin dated May 25 due to Memorial Day, a postal holiday.