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Austria: Thousands march against far-right Academics Ball in Vienna01:54

Austria: Thousands march against far-right Academics Ball in Vienna

Austria, Vienna
February 3, 2017 at 21:19 GMT -00:00 · Published

Around 3,000 protesters took to the streets of Vienna, Friday, to stand against the annual Academics Ball, organised by the far-right Freedom Party of Austria (FPO).

The protesters marched holding banners such as “FPO out, refugees in” and "Fight racism". Dozens of police were ensuring the protest went peacefully.

Founded in 1935, the Academics Ball is a controversial calendar highlight for the German National Association of Austria. It is a famous gathering for Austrian and German nationalist student fraternity members. In previous years, demonstrations against the annual ball have turned violent with some protesters being arrested. "

Austria: Thousands march against far-right Academics Ball in Vienna01:54
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Around 3,000 protesters took to the streets of Vienna, Friday, to stand against the annual Academics Ball, organised by the far-right Freedom Party of Austria (FPO).

The protesters marched holding banners such as “FPO out, refugees in” and "Fight racism". Dozens of police were ensuring the protest went peacefully.

Founded in 1935, the Academics Ball is a controversial calendar highlight for the German National Association of Austria. It is a famous gathering for Austrian and German nationalist student fraternity members. In previous years, demonstrations against the annual ball have turned violent with some protesters being arrested. "

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