HOSI Wien has a long history of fighting against the anti-homosexual politics and attitudes both of the ÖVP and the FPÖ. These conservative and reactionary forces have been instrumental in denying to Austria’s lesbians and gay men full equality and human rights. Both parties are equally responsible for continuous legal and social discrimination.
HOSI Wien joins the protests in Austria against this coalition government. We had already signed the resolution of the Democratic Initiative organising the huge demonstration held in Vienna on 12 November 1999 against the attempts to form such a coalition.
The FPÖ is not a new phenomenon, the party has been around for decades, from 1983 to 1986 (until Haider became party leader) it was junior coalition partner of the Socialist Party (SPÖ). The FPÖ is represented in the provincial governments of most of the bundesländer. Haider has also been around for more than a decade, we all have got used to his way of making politics.
The new aspect now is that the Christian-democrats enabled Haider’s FPÖ to become part of the federal government. The blame for this new situation, therefore, must be on the ÖVP only. This party is our real enemy, the real evil that has caused the present disaster by its desperate attempt to win the chancellery.