Wednesday, October 15, 2008

Austrian Officials Fear Neo-Nazi 'Pilgrimage' for Haider's Funeral

ALSO SEE: "Austrian Far Right Leader Haider Dies in Car Crash"

13 October 2008

AUSTRIAN officials are hoping the family of far-right extremist Joerg Haider will hold a private funeral to prevent neo-Nazis turning any public burial into a pilgrimage of hate.

Vienna has announced that public buildings in the capital will be draped in black flags when the body of Mr Haider, 58, is interred. However, yesterday it was still unclear whether national government representatives would be attending any funeral or remembrance service for Mr Haider, who died in a car crash early on Saturday morning.

Mr Haider courted controversy by praising aspects of the Third Reich and was a hero of ultra-rightists across Europe. ...