Austria: mayor quits over alleged racist comments

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Associated Press

Posted on December 6, 2013 at 10:03 AM

Updated Friday, Dec 6 at 10:33 AM

VIENNA (AP) — The mayor of an Austrian village says he's resigning after being accused of racist and anti-Semitic comments.

Karl Simlinger has denied some of the remarks attributed to him by an opposition member of the village council. But on Friday he acknowledged making a statement that "grossly contravenes my convictions and my personal views."

Simlinger didn't specify what he meant, but may have been referring to accusations that he had likened foreign asylum-seekers in Austria to excrement and said journalists should be hanged "like the Jews."

Simlinger allegedly made the comments during discussion about building a home for refugees in his village of Gfoehl, about 70 kilometers (40 miles) northwest of Vienna.

In Austria, such remarks are a crime and an anti-racist group is pressing charges against Simlinger.

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