While one imam calls youth to establish an Islamic state as “they have the most important roles in jihad and proselytising”, another preaches against so-called unbelievers.
Ten prominent members of the group and seven other “active sympathizers” had gone on trial in the city of Graz earlier this month on charges connected to several of the group’s stunts in recent years.
“Sebastian Kurz is a rock star,” according to the US ambassador to Germany.
In a recent interview shortly after his arrival in Berlin, Richard Grenell told the alt-right Breitbart News website that he was “a big fan” of the youthful Austrian chancellor from the conservative People’s Party.
He is not the only one.
Mr Kurz’s harsh anti-migrant message has proved to be a winner at the ballot box in Austria – and now he is taking it to the European level.
Austria stages dramatic anti-migrant exercise as it prepares to lead EU immigration crackdown and warring leaders struggle to deal with crisis
The 31-year-old leader also blamed Angela Merkel for forcing countries to reinstate border controls when she welcomed hundreds of thousands of migrants into the Germany three years ago.
An anti-terrorism probe has been opened into death threats Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz received on social media after his government announced a crackdown on hate preaching and “political Islam.”
The Austrian government’s decision to close seven mosques and expel as many as 60 imams as part of their campaign against radicalization has provoked a wave of outrage online. Some people on social media went as far as to threaten Sebastian Kurz personally. While some posts accused the chancellor of wanting a “war,” others openly said he should “prepare” for death, according to the Austrian national Oesterreich daily. Some posts also said that the head of the Austrian government “will find himself in a rubbish box,” while others just read: “Allahu Akbar!”
Austria’s move to close several mosques is a result of an “Islamophobic and racist wave” in the country, a Turkish presidential aide said, adding that Vienna aims to score “political points” by targeting Muslim communities.
“Austria’s decision to close seven mosques and expel imams is a reflection of the Islamophobic, racist and discriminatory wave in this country,” Ibrahim Kalin, the spokesman of President Recep Tayyip Erdogan, tweeted. According to Kalin, Vienna wants to “to target Muslim communities for the sake of scoring cheap political points.”
Austria has said it will close down seven mosques and expel imams who it says are funded by foreign countries.
Chancellor Sebastian Kurz said the move was a crackdown on political Islam.
Some mosques are suspected of having links to Turkish nationalists. In April images emerged showing children in Turkish army uniforms re-enacting World War One’s Battle of Gallipoli.
The Turkish president’s office called Austria’s move “Islamophobic, racist and discriminatory”.
Austria’s right wing coalition has unveiled plans to limit benefit payments for foreigners, including refugees, who can not speak German. The move risks legal challenges from the European Union.
On Wednesday between 10 pm and 11 pm, a 26-year-old man appeared at the Hard police station to report an unusual experience. “He had a visible injury to his ear,” police spokesman Rainer Fitz told the Vorarlberger Nachrichten newspaper.
Opening with the Mike Tyson Gambit is a risky but bold maneuver.
Austrian prosecutors announced criminal charges Monday against 17 members of the far-right “Identitarian Movement” (IBÖ) connected to several of the group’s activities in recent years.
The state prosecutor in the city of Graz said 10 prominent members of the group and seven other “active sympathisers” were being charged with various counts of hate speech, criminal association, damage to property and coercion.
The Syrian, along with two other Syrian asylum seekers, one being his twin brother, were on trial for selling meth to young girls in the city of Linz when the 18-year-old had his asylum claim approved, Kronen Zeitung reports.The three Syrians are said to have used their apartment as a base to sell at least 750 grams of meth to various customers including underage girls, some of whom paid for the drugs with sex. Some of the girls were as young as 14 years old.
Austrian police have raided ten homes and offices of identitarian activists, including Generation Identity co-leaders Martin Sellner and Patrick Lenart.
The authorities seized Sellner’s electronic devices including his phone and computers, with a Graz prosecutor looking to prosecute the activists as a criminal organisation.
The announcement of the raids came from Martin Sellner himself, who took to Twitter saying that the police had raided his apartment in Vienna and confiscated all of his electronic devices
Austria’s far-right FPÖ is still adjusting to its new role in government, moderating its language but not its positions. The party’s anti-immigrant stance still seems to resonate with many people in the country.
As the CBC is to Justin DW is to Merkel. The scorn for Austria’s asylum policy and the government is evident throughout the article, primarily because they’re doing exactly what they said they’d do and gosh darn it the Austrian people support them for it!
The Vienna Criminal Court sentenced an Austrian man of Albanian descent to nine years in prison on Friday in connection with plans for two Islamist extremist attacks in Germany.
The case highlights the challenges posed by radicalized youth ready to commit acts of terror at home and in neighboring countries.