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APNewsBreak: UNESCO strikes Vienna ball from list
APNewsBreak: UNESCO strikes Vienna ball from list of cultural traditions amid rightist uproar
By The Associated Press

VIENNA (AP) ' The U.N.'s culture organization has struck the Viennese Ball from its list of Austrian cultural traditions.

The move follows massive criticism of one of the events named by the U.N. Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization as part of its list of balls it considers an "Immaterial Cultural Heritage in Austria."

Critics say the ball, staged in part by dueling fraternities, draws neo-Nazis from Austria and Germnany. Organizers reject any links to the extreme-right.



UNESCO announced its decision in an e-mail to The Associated Press on Thursday, describing the inclusion of the fraternity ball on its list as "a major mistake."


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