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    Anarchy in Austria: Hundreds of Residents Declare Themselves 'State Deniers'

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    A new movement of "state deniers" has sprung up in Austria, where hundreds of people are refusing to accept the authorities of the state or any punitive measures handed down by state officials.

    Hundreds of Austrians have declared themselves "state deniers," who don't accept the legitimacy of the Republic of Austria. 

    State deniers don't recognize the authority of state organs, refuse to pay taxes or fines and instead of contributing to public coffers, they claim compensation from civil servants and government institutions.

    The movement is particularly strong in Lower Austria, the northernmost and most populous of the country's nine states. It gathered pace in 2014, with the formation of groups such as the One People's Public Trust (OPPT), Freemen, Staatenbund (State Federation) and Terranier.

    Austrian civil servants say they are exasperated by the movement, which they characterize as "paper terrorism."

    "We are talking about paper terrorism, in which authorities are threatened when they carry out legal proceedings, mayors are threatened, tax agencies burdens are threatened, as are banks when they give these people a notice of charges," Roland Scherscher, director of Lower Austria's state office for constitutional protection, told ORF

    "There are about 250 sympathizers in Lower Austria. We have recorded them because they are constantly sending documents to the authorities in which they deny the state. There are also various public meetings which are advertised on the internet," he explained.

    Austrian officials hope that jail sentences recently handed down to some state deniers will deter more Austrians from joining the movement.

    On January 30, a 46-year-old state refuser in the town of Krems an der Donau, Lower Austria, was sentenced to 18 months of part-time imprisonment after he refused to pay taxes and bills, and attempted to extort tens of millions of euros from state and municipal officials and employees of insurance companies.

    On March 15, eight more deniers of the state, members of the OPPT movement, will face court proceedings in Krems. The defendants, six men and two women, are charged with severe coercion, persistent persecution and false assumption of public authority, the Austrian newspaper Kurier reported.

    The case was brought after the eight called themselves the "International Common Law Court of Justice" and organized a court hearing for alleged crimes against humanity against an attorney working in Waldviertel, Lower Austria, in July 2014. 

    The attorney had been appointed the legal guardian of an OPPT member, but the OPPT forced her to give up the position after threatening her with arrest and imprisonment. The defendants also handed over an "International Arrest Warrant" to local police and organized a court hearing at an old farm in Waidhofen an der Thaya, where around 200 people were present.

    In November, an Austrian army officer was unmasked as a member of the OPPT and suspended from his position, the Salzburger Nachrichten newspaper reported.

    Rudolf Striedinger, head of the Abwahramt (AbwA), one of two intelligence services of the Austrian Armed Forces,  said that members of the OPPT movement represent a subversive, "serious threat" to the armed forces.

    According to Austria's Federal Office for Constitutional Protection and the Fight against Terrorism (BAT), the security forces know of around 800 people with links to organizations of state denial. The Federal Ministry of the Interior estimates that Austria has around 22,000 sympathizers of such movements.

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    • avatar
      anne00marie
      Sounds like it should catch on, until the state starts working for the people and not Common Purpose.
    • Hermesin reply toanne00marie(Show commentHide comment)
      anne00marie,
      Well, if I understand the context of this article right it looks to me that they exposed the Austrian state for the humourless, liberty hating vicious moloch that it is. Look at the way they are trying to describe these people as the worst kind of isis terrorists for what really is nothing more than a polite civil protest against a deaf and dumb regime that has lost touch with normal people. The vicious undertone of the verbal attack and the obvious ruthless repression of these austrian citizen exposes the psychopath liberals in charge of Austria just for what they are. In that respect these 'anarchists' serve a very usefull purpose in my opinion.
    • Zoanthropy
      State Deniers, Umm that might catch on in the USA.
    • avatar
      freedom1
      its starting. it has to. the state is a lie and just imposes, steals oppresses people and freedom . this modern world is a prison of rules. people are sheeps. rebel against the state, dont recognize any laws from any government. your rules, your own instinct should be your ownly rule, the unrule. Fuck the system
    • Jonathan Fergusonin reply toZoanthropy(Show commentHide comment)
      Zoanthropy, Exists already, or something similar. E.g. 'Sovereign Citizen' movement; the UK has constitutional revisionists, can't remember their names. Some of these groups have far right links though... very dodgy.
    • Capt'nSkippy !!!
      Australia itself is forming its own movement to not recognizing the the Australian government and state governments as the legal authoritative heads of state. More so to upholding to our constitution that they have no power or authority to over rule the people. They continually evaporating away our individual rights by making us become a subservient race that they impose more laws and penalties on, a style of fascism!!! By people claiming that these governments have NO authoritative claim over you as is the case in our constitution, they are powerless to enforce it. There needs to be a growing awareness for this type of a revolution that has started to show that these governments that now impose a authoritarian ruling in truth do not have that power. It is slowly becoming a global epidemic that the general population has had enough of these authoritarian political systems and that there is a need to bring it back to reality. Unfortunately something governments will always deny no matter what!!!
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      Falesteeni
      Where have you all been?! It's called a sovereign citizen which I have declared myself & my own constitution long time ago... I don't have and refuse to be or take part of Mafia! Oops I mean Government & actually I view my Government as an enemy of the Public , period end of story end of discussion and if the Government the gangsters don't like it well" you can only kill a man once!!!!
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