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Freedom Party leader may face hate speech charges
Heinz-Christian Strache, the leader of Austria's right-wing Freedom Party (FPÖ), may face charges of "hate speech" as the Vienna prosecutor investigates whether he is responsible for posts made by other users on his Facebook page.
This comes after someone posted a video of a young Syrian asylum seeker who lay down on some tram tracks in Vienna in a bid to kill himself. It triggered a wave of hate comments directed at asylum seekers, and anyone who criticised the anti-immigration viewpoint.
The prosecutor is looking into several posts by users on Strache's popular Facebook page that may be considered to have broken Austria's speech laws against minorities and refugees.
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