Demonstrations, heavy police presence for new right-wing Austrian government

Thousands of protesters take to the streets in Vienna with signs reading ‘Nazis out’ ahead of inauguration ceremony that gave key ministries to anti-Muslim Freedom Party

VIENNA, Austria — More than 2,000 demonstrators took to the streets in Vienna on Monday as Austria’s new coalition government of the conservatives and the far right was inaugurated.

A heavy police presence of about 1,500 officers, with helicopters overhead and water-cannon trucks at the ready, blocked off the area around the Hofburg palace where the ceremony was held