Austrian mayor resigns over racism allegations
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Austrian mayor resigns over racism allegations

Karl Simlinger denies he said journalists should be hanged 'like the Jews'

The mayor of an Austrian village says he’s resigning after being accused of racist and anti-Semitic comments.

Karl Simlinger has denied some of the remarks attributed to him by an opposition member of the village council.

But on Friday he acknowledged making a statement that “grossly contravenes my convictions and my personal views.”

Simlinger didn’t specify what he meant, but may have been referring to accusations that he had likened foreign asylum-seekers in Austria to excrement and said journalists should be hanged “like the Jews.”

Karl Simlinger (photo credit: Courtesy)
Karl Simlinger (photo credit: Courtesy)

Simlinger allegedly made the comments during discussion about building a home for refugees in his village of Gfoehl, about 70 kilometers (40 miles) northwest of Vienna.

In Austria, such remarks are a crime and an anti-racist group is pressing charges against Simlinger.

Copyright 2013 The Associated Press.

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