In the Ukrainian port city of Mariupol, 20,000 civilians have died in the past seven weeks, thousands more are now at risk of starvation, and in Kharkiv, women and elderly people have just died in a recent rocket attack. The Socialist Youth Vorarlberg is now on the barricades – but FOR Vladimir Putin, the President of the Russian Federation.
In a demo announcement, the deep red party members write: “To defend the so-called democratic values of the West, there are mobilizations against Putin, Russian media are censored and the Ukrainian nation-state is celebrated.”
The reactions on Twitter and other social media platforms were unequivocal: “I was young once too. But so much nonsense is painful”, others find the text “madness” and “terrifying”, quoted oe24 from the comments. And the well-known ORF moderator Hanno Settele commented on Twitter: “And now let’s imagine this unspeakable nonsense appearing in the “Aula”.
After this wave of criticism of the fairly clear statements of the Socialist Youth, the Young Reds began to row back – they even speak of “character assassination”: “It is absurd and borders on slander that the Junos Vorarlberg move us into Putin’s camp.”
After the Socialist Youth itself circulated this text on Facebook, the term “call suicide” could be used, nobody has to invent anything about it. Not surprisingly: The SPÖ federal party leader Pamela Rendi-Wagner did not speak out on this scandal from her party friends either, she has not provided any clarification on the party line in the current Ukraine crisis. And no peace initiatives either.