The 17 Austrian Identitarian Movement activists accused of forming a criminal hate speech organisation under the country’s mafia laws have been found innocent of all major charges, with two defendants forced to pay minor fines by a judge in Graz.
The conclusion of the case sees all 17 “hipster-right” anti-mass migration activists cleared of the charges that were brought against them earlier this month by Graz prosecutors who used the country’s anti-mafia law in an attempt to claim the activists were engaging in promoting hate speech, Kronen Zeitung reports.
While all the activists were cleared of the major charges, two were given fines: 240 euros for property damage and 720 euros for elbowing a member of the faculty of the University of Klagenfurt in 2016 during a protest against a university course on the integration of migrants into the Austrian labour force.
Regarding the incident, the prosecutor remarked: “You are not a front of patriots for me, but a front of cowards.”
At the time, activist Luca Kerbl claimed that the faculty member had assaulted him and attempted to detain him after the group had left the classroom.
The charges from the case largely stemmed from an action by the group in April of 2016 in which they dropped a banner stating “Islamisation Kills” on the roof of the Graz Green Party headquarters.
While the prosecutor in the case attempted to claim the phrase “Islamisation Kills” was hate speech, the judge ruled that the banner was…