Vastavam web: After hours of chanting and whistling, thousands of demonstrators on Saturday cheered the collapse of Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s government over a corruption scandal — and the prospect of fresh elections.
“Kurz must go” cried the crowd that had built up in Vienna’s historic first district from late morning. As the news of fresh elections came through on demonstrators’ smartphones later, loud cheers erupted. Expressing a widespread view that Kurz had too often excused the scandals of his coalition partner, the far-right Freedom Party (FPOe) led by Heinz-Christian Strache, social education worker Andreas Hallas said the vote was “an absolute necessity”.
“Anything else would have been an absolute catastrophe, politically,” said Hallas, adding he hoped for a new government without the FPOe and Kurz’s centre-right People’s Party (OeVP).