One of the best ways to know that your crew is doing effective anti-fascist work is when the fascists come after you. We know this first hand after Brietbart singled us out for (an unsuccessful) deplatforming attack a few years ago! So Austria’s Plattform für eine menschliche Asylpolitik have been paid the highest of compliments by one of that country’s most vile politicians, the FPÖ’s Herbert Kickl, when he filed a “copyright infringement” lawsuit against them.
Because they published a photo of him on their website mobilize for a protest against him, under the slogan “Never again!”
A photo they took from his facebook page.
Yes, that’s how little Kickl had to work with to get The Platform. But that was enough to force them to mount a legal defence – one they estimated would cost approximately 10,000€.
The International Anti-Fascist Defence Fund was pleased to be able to help them get to the amount they need to defend themselves in court; just as we’ll be even more pleased when they win in court and Kickl is forced to faced the consequences of wasting the court’s time and resources on such a frivolous and vexatious matter. As the judge will no doubt put it in her ruling.
If you’d like to read more background on the lawsuit against The Platform and their legal defence (or would like to personally contribute), here it is.
If you’d like to make sure the Defence Fund is always ready to defend anti-fascists the world over against any charges, no matter how frivolous, please contribute here.