Freedom Party banned from Tyrolean inn

A Tyrolean innkeeper has placed a sign banning Freedom Party members from entering his restaurant,  triggering numerous reactions on social networks -- and a lawsuit.

Christine Tragler
Christine Tragler Der Standard, Austria
Source: Der Standard
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Why this story matters:

Vice Chancellor Heinz-Christian Strache and Minister of Infrastructure Norbert Hofer are not amused by the Tyrolean incident. The owner of the restaurant has created a sign showing the two politicians along with "MUST STAY OUT" and a crossed out swastika.

The head of the Tyrolean branch of the Freedom Party, Markus Abwerzger, posted a photo of the sign on his Facebook profile, creating a social media storm.

The Tyrolean innkeeper says it was a humorous gesture, but judging by the upcoming lawsuit, the joke was lost on members of the Freedom Party. 

Details from the story:

  • The sign was put up in the Tyrolean ski resort of Sölden. 
  • The two Freedom Party (FPÖ) politicians are now suing the Tyrolean landlord for damages. The trial is scheduled for next Tuesday, according to the state court.
  • The verdict and settlement of all legal fees and lawyers could cost the Tyrolean innkeeper up to 80,000 euros.
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