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Groups

Bürgerinitiative Dammstraße (Citizens Initiative Dammstraße)

Mission Europa Netzwerk Karl Martell (Mission Europe Network Karl Martell)

Österreich Bürgerbewegung Pax Europa (Austrian Citizen’s Movement Pax Europa)

People

Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff


GROUPS

Bürgerinitiative Dammstraße (Citizens Initiative Dammstraße)

Leader: Hannelore Schuster

This is a citizens initiative launched in 2007 against the extension of a mosque in Vienna (ATIB Mosque Dammstrasse). It organises meetings, collects signatures and publishes ‘news’.

The group is linked to the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ̈).

Their website is still active as of April 2018.

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Mission Europa Netzwerk Karl Martell (Mission Europe Network Karl Martell)

Leader: Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff

Claiming to be an internationally active organisation based in Vienna and affiliated with the Austrian Association of Academics, Mission Europa Netzwerk Karl Martell is closely aligned to the International Civil Liberties Alliance (ICLA), ACT! for America, Ummat-al-Kuffar, The International Free Press Society and Dutch politician Geert Wilders.

The group was founded in 2007 to co-ordinate the activities of organisations campaigning against the so-called ‘Islamisation of Europe’.

Elisabeth Sabadistch-Wolff and Liz Schmidt have represented Mission Europa Netzwerk Karl Martell alongside ICLA representatives at conferences of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe.

Nothing has been published on the website since 2012.

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Österreich Bürgerbewegung Pax Europa (BPE)

Leader: Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff and Liz Schmidt.

The Austrian arm of the German NGO, Bürgerbewegung Pax Europa (BPE).

Sabaditsch-Wolff and Schmidt represented the Austrian BPE at the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe’s Human Dimension Implementation Meeting in Warsaw in 2012. They were in attendance alongside Alain Wagner (head of the Stop Sharia campaign and co-founder of the International Civil Liberties Alliance (ICLA)), David Erzett (ICLA), Dave Petteys (ACT! for America 5280 Coalition), Felix Strüning (Director of the Stresemann Foundation), Hendrik Raeder Claussen (ICLA).

The branch appears to have been dormant since April 2016.

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PEOPLE

Elisabeth Sabaditsch-Wolff

Sabaditsch-Wolff leads the (now-dormant) Österreich Bürgerbewegung Pax Europa, the Austrian arm of the German-based Bürgerbewegung Pax Europa (BPE), a registered NGO. She also heads the Mission Europa Netzwerk Karl Martell.

Sabaditsch-Wolff has played a major role in representing the International Civil Liberties Alliance (ICLA) and BPE, an ally of the ICLA, together with Liz Schmidt, at conferences of the Organisation for Security and Cooperation in Europe (OSCE) since 2009, and often reports from the conferences on the Gates of Vienna site.

She has also kept strong links with ACT! for America, leading its international chapter from Austria. 

Sabaditsch-Wolff was convicted in a Vienna court on 15 February 2011 of hate speech for comments about Muhammad and Islam delivered at an Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ̈)-organised seminar in November 2009. She was sentenced to a fine of €480.

In April 2016 she embarked on an American tour organised with ACT! for America. 

  • Addressed the inaugural ‘Counter Jihad’ conference in Brussels on 18 October 2007
  • Addressed the BPE conference in Berlin on 3 October 2009
  • A participant with the ICLA team at the OSCE Conference in Warsaw, November 2009
  • Addressed the National Conference of ACT! for America in Washington DC on 19 February 2010
  • Addressed the American Freedom Defence Initiative (AFDI) meeting at the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington DC on 19 February 2010
  • Addressed the European Freedom Initiative (EFI) rally in Amsterdam on 30 October 2010
  • Addressed the International Free Press Society (IFPS) conference in Copenhagen on 27 November 2010
  • Visited Israel with Filip Dewinter (Vlaams Belang) and Heinz Christian Strache (FPÖ̈), December 2010
  • Addressed Bloc Identitaire’s (BI) ‘Internationational Conference on the Islamisation of our Countries’ in Paris on 18 December 2010
  • Addressed the English Defence League (EDL) demonstration in Luton on 5 February 2011
  • Addressed a meeting of Die Freiheit (the Freedom Party) in Hannover on 19 February 2011
  • Attended the annual national conference of ACT! for America in Washington D.C. on 22-24 June 2011
  • A participant with the ICLA team at the OSCE conference, Vienna, November 2011
  • A speaker at the ICLA relaunch/Brussels Process in European Parliament in Brussels, July 2012
  • A participant with the ICLA team at the OSCE conference, Warsaw, October 2012
  • A participant with the ICLA team at the OSCE conference, Vienna, July 2013
  • A speaker at the CounterJihad Conference, Warsaw, late September 2013
  • A participant with the ICLA team at OSCE conference Warsaw, October 2013
  • Addressed the Prayer March for Persecuted Christians with Ann Marchini, Ned May, Henrik Ræder Clausen, and Valerie Price present in Orlando, May 17 2014
  • Met with US Congressional delegation Michelle Bachmann (R-MN), Louie Gohmert (R-TX), Robert Pittenger (R-NC), and Steve King (R-IA) in Vienna to discuss her hate speech trial, December 2014
  • A participant with the ICLA team at the OSCE Conference Warsaw October 2014
  • Participated in the annual ACT! for America conference, September 2015
  • A participant with the ICLA team at the OSCE Conference, Vienna, July 2015
  • In April 2016 she embarked on an American speaking tour organised with ACT! for America, speaking at Dallas on 21 April at an event organised by the Dallas chapter of ACT! for America
  • Participated in the American Freedom Alliance’s conference on ‘Western Civilisation and Islam’ in LA, August 2016
  • A participant with the ICLA team at the OSCE Conference, September 2016
  • Addressed the pro-Trump rally in Denver, Colorado, 5 March 2017
  • Spoke at an ACT! for America event in Kalispell, Montana, ‘The Erosion of Free Speech in Europe’, 9 March 2017
  • Participated at the OSCE conference, September 2017

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