Just before the Austrian parliamentary elections in October 2017, the Mauthausen Committee Austria presented a total of 68 extreme right-wing activities of FPÖ politicians covering a period of about four and a half years. The documentation "Nothing but individual cases?" received a strong media response and led to a wide debate. Since then, the term "individual cases" has become commonplace for describing the continuous anti-democratic activities of the FPÖ.
Now, the Mauthausen Committee has followed up the individual cases that occurred since the parliamentary elections. After all, the FPÖ became a governing party in December 2017. Does the party fulfill its responsibilities in this regard? Is it more moderate now? Has the number of extreme right-wing activities in its ranks declined? Has at least the party leadership taken a step away from right-wing extremism? And does it really fight anti-Semitism?
The conclusions from the "Individual cases":
Across Austria, in recent years the number of extreme right-wing and racist offences has risen dramatically. In a single year, the number of extreme right-wing and racist offences rose by 50%, from 750 (2014) to 1156 (2015). The continuous rise in the number of hate crimes began in 2005; the number then was 209. In the past ten years, this number rose by a factor of 5.5. Further, these crimes have become more brutal and violent.
Generally, extreme-right activities, groups, movements, organizations, etc. target people whom they define in terms of various attributes such as skin color, physique, ethnic origin, or their world-view, religious or sexual orientation. In other words, they target people who deviate from what the extremists consider to be the norm and whom they discriminate against as minorities with the goal of persecuting or even eliminating them. Simultaneously, right-wing extremists attempt to weaken or disable organizations, institutions and activists who advocate comprehensive integration, the creation of more options for democratic participation, and sociopolitical emancipation of all people. The right-wing scene has undergone changes over many years. It is not always easy to see who is a member of this scene. Their clothing has become cooler, with fashionable accessories and mainstream products instead of hooligan outfits. Their clothes bear youth-culture codes whose meaning is normally known only within the scene and serves to signal to others within the scene.
Mauthausen Committee Austria has been engaged for many years on a broad base against right-wing extremism by monitoring, informing, documenting and filing criminal charges.