A pastor who was praised for his courage after he broke up a right-wing demonstration against refugees in Fehring, Styria by ringing his church bells loudly has since received threatening phone calls and emails as well as allegations that he caused some of the demonstrators to suffer from tinnitus.

Pastor Christoph Wiesler told the Kurier newspaper that he received around 500 threatening mails and phone calls in the past few days, after he rang his church bells for two minutes to drive away around 50 members of the right-wing 'Identitären Bewegung' (Identitarian movement) who had gathered in Fehring's main square outside an army barracks which is being used as a reception centre for refugees.

He said that he felt outraged when he saw the protesters bearing banners with "dehumanizing slogans".

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