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Austria’s far-right fraternities brace for protests at annual ball

Secretive event funded by populist Freedom party to boost security after exposés and threats from feminist pranksters

Students who want to be accepted into Austria’s secretive student fraternities have to prove their bravery by facing down the razor-sharp blade of an opponent’s rapier in a fencing duel.

But in a week in which Austria’s burschenschaften have come under assault from newspaper exposés and feminist pranksters, some of the country’s steadfast frat boys have started to flinch.

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