As already reported, a video of the new Health Minister Rauch’s wife, Dr. Gabriele Sprickler-Falschlunger, viral. The video clearly shows how she insults the demonstrators as “fascists”. Although, according to a complaint about the re-activation of witnesses, the words “Heil Hitler” are said to have fallen, the public prosecutor’s office dismissed the case. Reason: “No initial suspicion”.
A report by Edith Brötzner
Especially in sensitive times like these, in which reports and convictions because of “playing down” or “re-activation” according to the prohibition law are noticeably increasing, one would think that the insult “fascists” is also legally questionable. Not so in the case of SPÖ politician Sprickler-Falschlunger. Particularly explosive: We have now received the notification of re-activation and the corresponding response from the public prosecutor’s office in Feldkirch. According to the ad, the wife of the new Health Minister Rauch not only insulted the demonstrators as “fascists”, but also greeted them with “Heil Hitler”. Of course, the presumption of innocence applies.
As part of our journalistic duty of care, we tried to reach the responsible public prosecutor as well as Dr. Gabriele Sprickler-Falschlunger asked for a statement. Our inquiries have remained unanswered to date.
Notice of re-activation
The ad by two women from Bregenz stated:
“Ladies and gentlemen,
We would like to bring the following incident to your attention. On January 31, 2022 at 4:00 p.m., a meeting took place in front of the Bregenz district authority. We were both present and deep in conversation. Suddenly, in our immediate vicinity and without a mask, Dr. Gabriele Sprickler-Falslunger from Dornbirn. Apparently she jumped straight at us both from a great distance and shouted “Heil Hitler”. We were too shaken to reply, but Ms. Sprickler-Falschlunger began calling us “fascists” and other words of similar meaning. Ms Sprickler-Falschlunger then went to a car, took out a mask and came back again to loudly insult and insult the demonstrators.
I would classify this as a repeat activity. Enclosed a Link to a newspaper article reporting a conviction for this crime.
There is a video of some of the insults, which can now be seen publicly on vol.at. The first appearance took place without a distance and mask, but with witnesses and in any case violates the current Covid 19 protective measures ordinance. The “Heil Hitler” call and the subsequent comparisons of the demonstrators with fascists of the National Socialist era can probably be classified as “reactivation”. These are official offences.
Insults as “fascists” – illegal or allowed?
No investigations followed the report, only the “agreement to refrain from initiating investigations”. It read in a few short lines:
“Subject: Gabriele Sprickler-Falschlunger”
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Regarding submission of January 31, 2022 with Dr. Gabriele Sprickler-Falschlunger is refrained from initiating preliminary proceedings in accordance with Section 35c StAG because there is no initial suspicion (Section 1 Paragraph 3 StPO). An application for continuation in accordance with Section 195 StPO is not permitted.”
It is doubtful whether this procedure would also be the case for “ordinary” citizens. If there is a statement from the public prosecutor or from Sprickler-Falschlunger, we will of course add this to the article.