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Austria (Association Of Independents)

Volume 464: debated on Monday 2 May 1949

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asked the Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs whether he is aware that the newly-formed Association of Independents in Austria is a neo-Fascist organisation, whose appeal is directed to former Nazis; and what steps he is taking to prevent this revival of Fascism.

The Association of Independents has not applied to the Allied Council for recognition as a political party, and, so far as I know, none of the Occupying Powers in Austria has proposed that any action should be taken against the Association on the ground that it is a Fascist organisation.

Although this organisation may not have applied for recognition as a political party, does not the Minister recognise that this is nothing but a political party, and is he not aware that a number of newspapers of a Right wing nature in Austria are supporting this organisation? Will he look into it?

The organisation has not offended any Allied Council directive. If it does so, it will be firmly dealt with.

In view of the fact that the Communists call everybody Fascists who are not Communists, will he refuse to take any notice of this nonsense?

We distinguish between organisations called Fascist and organisations called Fascist by Communists.