Issue 239 of SOCIALIST REVIEW Published March 2000 Copyright Socialist Review

On 19 February over 300,000 people took part in the largest demonstration in Austrian history, against the far right Freedom Party and its leader Jörg Haider. One of the demonstrators, rail worker Tom Diesel, summed up the mood: 'We are very strong group of workers. If the government attacks us we will stop the trains running. We were very strong in the resistance during the Second World War. We will do it again. Haider is a fascist. But I hope after today's march that the government will last only a matter of weeks. I believe there will be strikes, sooner or later. The trade union leaders will have to call them. I think so, I hope so.'
On 19 February over 300,000 people took part in the largest demonstration in Austrian history, against the far right Freedom Party and its leader Jörg Haider. One of the demonstrators, rail worker Tom Diesel, summed up the mood: 'We are very strong group of workers. If the government attacks us we will stop the trains running. We were very strong in the resistance during the Second World War. We will do it again. Haider is a fascist. But I hope after today's march that the government will last only a matter of weeks. I believe there will be strikes, sooner or later. The trade union leaders will have to call them. I think so, I hope so.'

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