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Hitler comparisons mar Austrian presidential election

Associated Press Associated Press 21/11/2016

VIENNA — The campaign manager of left-leaning Austrian presidential candidate Alexander Van der Bellen has criticized photos posted by right-wing opponents comparing Van der Bellen to Adolf Hitler.

Lothar Lockl complained over a Freedom Party Facebook posting showing Van der Bellen with a dog against an Alpine backdrop next to a photo of Hitler in a similar pose.

The Freedom Party has itself objected to a recent Facebook post it says is linked to Lockl that had Hitler's face altered to look like its presidential candidate Norbert Hofer.

In a comment accompanying the poster, which had disappeared by Monday, the Freedom Party said it's "something to think about, ahead of the next ... Nazi comparison" against Hofer.

The election is due to take place on Dec. 4.

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