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    Vienna’s ‘New Year Baby’ Target of Racist Abuse

    Don’t read the comments. Each year the Vienna Hospital Association announces the city’s first birth: In 2018, it was Baby Asel, born at 12:47 a.m. Jan. 1. But the photo of Asel and her beaming parents, including her mother in a headscarf, received a tirade of racist abuse online. Austria’s seen a shift toward the far right, with the radical Freedom Party nearly winning a recent presidential election. But the abuse also prompted an outpouring of support as Austrians noted that targeting a newborn is “a completely new dimension of online hate.”

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