Austrian President Heinz Fischer
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Austrian president slams 'anti-Semitic' cartoon

Heinz Fischer condemns far-right Freedom Party leader for posting caricature angering Jewish community on his Facebook page, calling it 'low point of political culture'

Austria's president condemned far-right Freedom Party leader Heinz-Christian Strache for posting a cartoon on his Facebook page that was widely seen as anti-Semitic, the Austria Press Agency reported on Sunday.


Heinz Fischer called it "the low point of political culture, which deserves to be universally and roundly condemned."


The cartoon portrays a fat banker with a hooked nose and six-point star buttons on his sleeve gorging himself at the expense of a thin man representing "the people."


Strache denied being anti-Semitic after the cartoon provoked an outcry and demands from the Jewish community that Austria's political establishment condemn the act.


In a speech at the opening of a festival in Linz, Fischer said Strache was playing on the remnants of anti-Semitism in Austria, whose Jewish population was decimated after the annexation of the country by Nazi Germany in 1938.


"To that one can only say in the clearest terms: No way," Fischer said.



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