Austria’s far-right leader hits back in racist conspiracy theory row

Heinz-Christian Strache, leader of the Freedom Party (FPÖ), said “population replacement” in Austria was “a reality that cannot be denied”, in comments to journalists following a cabinet meeting.

He was responding to criticism of remarks in an interview with the Sunday newspaper Kronen Zeitung, in which he said his party was fighting “population replacement”.

This term is associated with a racist conspiracy theory popular in far-right circles, known as the “great replacement”. It argues that the white, European – and Christian – population is being “replaced” by a population of non-white…
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