By Larbi Arbaoui
By Larbi Arbaoui
Morocco World News
Taroudant, April 1, 2012
The Austrian Freedom Party (FPOe), led by Heinz-Christian Strache, is attacking Moroccans through the party’s posters for the election in the western city of Innsbruck, Austria.
According to Alarabiya, the posters carry the slogan “Heimat-Liebe statt Marokkaner-Diebe,” meaning “Patriotism, not thieving Moroccans.”
The Moroccan embassy in Vienna issued a statement, condemning what it called the FPOe’s “defamatory and discriminatory behavior” and accusing it of “humiliating, stigmatizing and discriminating against” the Moroccan community.
“The embassy condemns in the strongest possible terms this hurtful practice, aimed only at winning votes at the cost of respect for fundamental human rights,” the Austria Press Agency (APA) quoted the statement as saying.
And in Rabat, Youssef Amrani, Minister delegate for foreign affairs, protested in a meeting with the Austrian ambassador against what he called “a xenophobic act”, according to Middle-East-Online.
According to the March 30th statement of Morocco’s Ministry of Foreign Affairs, because the electoral poster used by the far-right Austrian Freedom Party (FPOe) contains a clear abuse of the Moroccan community residing in the city of Innsbruck, the Moroccan state will as a civil party bring legal charges against the political party in question, in accordance to the laws in force in Austria.
Morocco called the Austrian authorities to take appropriate action to ensure “the protection of the Moroccan community living in Austria against all forms of defamation and racist behaviour, in all circumstances.”