Hitler comparisons mar Austrian presidential election
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Hitler comparisons mar Austrian presidential election

Both campaigns are accusing each other of Nazi-themed mudslinging ahead of national polling

Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen (YouTube screenshot)
Austrian President Alexander Van der Bellen (YouTube screenshot)

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.

An image compares left-leaning Austrian presidential candidate Alexander Van der Bellen (above) to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler (Facebook photo)
An image compares left-leaning Austrian presidential candidate Alexander Van der Bellen (above) to Nazi leader Adolf Hitler (Facebook photo)
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