Category Archives: Austria

Austria to close seven mosques and deport imams in crackdown on ‘political Islam’

The country’s coalition government, formed of conservative and far-right figures, said the measures were “just the beginning” of a push against radical Islam and foreign funding of religious groups.


Salzburg summit: Austria leads EU’s anti-migrant drive

Metal barriers and huge tents were erected at the border, where refugees and migrants were sheltered and fed while their asylum claims were processed.

The Austrian government that has come to power in the wake of the crisis has made migration a priority of its European Union presidency.

This week, along with Brexit, migration is set to dominate the informal summit of European Union leaders that starts in Salzburg on Wednesday evening.

As political tensions on migrants run high in the EU, Austria has emerged as one of the hard-line voices.


Vienna: Muslim knife attacker gets life sentence

A man who stabbed four people in two knife attacks in the Austrian capital Vienna on March 7 was sentenced to life in jail on Thursday.

The 23-year-old Afghan national was found guilty by jurors on four counts of attempted murder.

The attacker did not claim any political motivation for his actions.

A couple and their 17-year-old daughter sustained severe injuries in the first attack near Nestroyplatz metro station, surviving thanks only to a quick response from emergency services.


Austria: Six men attempt suicide in face of deportation

I smell ruse, not smoke.

Six men who were scheduled to be deported from Austria were brought to local hospitals in critical condition late on Friday night after apparently setting fire to their cells in a Vienna detention center. According to local media, a suicide note signed by the entire group was found by investigators.

At around 10:30 pm local time, the fire alarm went off at the facility in the Hernalser district of Vienna. When guards rushed to the scene, one of the men was found motionless by the cell door, but the smoke was too thick to try and rescue the others. About 40 inmates had to be evacuated, and 14 of them were treated for smoke inhalation, as were a few police officers on the scene.


How dangerous are Austria’s far-right hipsters?

It was the middle of the night when a group of young Austrians used a crane to dress Vienna’s 65-foot (20-meter) statue of Empress Maria Theresa in a niqab. The stunt was accompanied by a poster that read “Islamization? No thanks!”

The act was committed by the Austrian branch of the Identitarian movement, branded Europe’s “hipster right.” Identitarians are the new, media-friendly face of far-right nationalism and Europe’s answer to the US’s alt-right. But where the alt-right has succeeded online, Austria’s Identitarians use the internet to promote their actions on the streets — imitating the tactics of leftist activist groups such as Greenpeace and generating news headlines in the process.

It’s DW, think the CBC with a sprinkling of Guardianista.


Austria to ban asylum-seekers from taking up apprenticeships

Asylum-seekers in Austria will no longer be able to apply for apprenticeship schemes, as part of a draft regulation presented by the government on Monday.

The legislation actually aims to fill vacant training places and apprenticeships, which will be open to laborers from third countries but not to asylum-seekers whose claims are being assessed, government spokesman Peter Launsky-Tieffenthal said.


Austria rejects ‘gay’ asylum seeker’s claim because he acted too ‘girlish’…

Austria has rejected the asylum claim of an Iraqi who claimed he could not return home because he is gay, saying he acted too ‘girlish’ in his assessment interview, reports said Thursday.

The case follows that of an Afghan asylum-seeker whose claim to be gay was rejected because he did not ‘act or dress’ like a homosexual.

Rights group Amnesty International said earlier this week that it saw a ‘structural problem’ in how Austria assessed asylum claims. An Interior Ministry spokesman rejected this on Thursday.


Imam in Austrian mosque calls on youth to establish Islamic State and wage Jihad

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.


The young Austrian leader sharing power with the far right

“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’s Kurz receives death threats after shutting down mosques

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!”