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Saturday, 5 February, 2000, 15:08 GMT
Images of Vienna violence
More than 50 people, including 43 policemen, were injured when violence broke out during anti-far-right demonstrations in Vienna on Friday.

After the new government was sworn in, more than 5,000 protesters demonstrated near the Freedom Party headquarters. The violence continued into the night.


A protester lights spray from an aerosol can during the demonstrations in Vienna.


At least seven people were reported to have been arrested during the protests, which peaked in a shopping district near the central city landmark of St Stephen's cathedral. All those detained were later released.


Police used water cannon to disperse crowds throwing stones and firecrackers. More than 30 police vehicles were reported to have been damaged.

As the protests continued in the Austrian capital, more demonstrations were also being planned for several other Austrian towns, although no official demonstrations were scheduled to take place in Vienna on Saturday.


Far away from the political turmoil, Joerg Haider, figurehead of the Freedom Party, jogs in fields near Baerental, Austria. He called political sanctions imposed by the EU insignificant and urged Austrians not to be intimidated.

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