VIENNA — The campaign manager of left-leaning Austrian presidential candidate Alexander Van der Bellen has criticized photos posted by right-wing opponents comparing Van der Bellen to Adolf Hitler.
Lothar Lockl complained over a Freedom Party Facebook posting showing Van der Bellen with a dog against an Alpine backdrop next to a photo of Hitler in a similar pose.
The Freedom Party has itself objected to a recent Facebook post it says is linked to Lockl that had Hitler’s face altered to look like its presidential candidate Norbert Hofer.
In a comment accompanying the poster, which had disappeared by Monday, the Freedom Party said it’s “something to think about, ahead of the next … Nazi comparison” against Hofer.
The election is due to take place on December 4.