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Crowds mourn right-wing leader

October 19, 2008|From Times Wire Reports

Thousands packed the southern city of Klagenfurt for the funeral of Joerg Haider, a politician who was denounced as a Nazi sympathizer in the 1990s but was hugely popular as a provincial governor.

Haider, 58, had been on the crest of a far-right resurgence in Austrian politics when he died Oct. 11 in a high-speed car crash while driving drunk.

In the days that followed, thousands of people waited for hours to file past his coffin and sign a condolence book in Klagenfurt, capital of Carinthia province, where he was governor. About 25,000 turned out for Haider's funeral.

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