An editor of Austria’s largest paper, Kronen Zeitung, is to be tried for hate speech over a commentary he wrote about the migrant crisis last year.
On 25 October 2015, Christoph Biro wrote of the masses of migrants who were travelling through the Styrian countryside and remarked on the assaults and property damage committed by migrants, reports Kurier.
Calling the majority of the migrants “testosterone-driven Syrians”, Mr. Biro recounted the multiple reports of migrants carrying out, in his words, “extremely aggressive sexual assaults”.
He also detailed Afghan men had slashed the seats of the trains that were transporting them to Germany because they refused to sit where Christians had previously sat. Continue reading »
Former European Union (EU) Commission President José Manuel Barroso and Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) presidential candidate Norbert Hofer locked horns at a talk in Geneva where Barroso described Hofer’s migrant policies as ‘Nazi-like’.
On Thursday night the Geneva International Studies University held a panel discussion in which Mr. Barroso used the discussion to tar Mr. Hofer’s migrant policies as something out of the Nazi era, reports Kronen Zeitung. Continue reading »
Citizens in the Austrian capital couldn’t believe their eyes when they saw a refugee in what appears to be a religious frenzy, throwing himself on the hood of a driving car while shouting “Allahu Akbar” in the Vienna Absberggasse on Saturday.
This cell phone footage is from a shocked passerby that filmed the scene. In the video you can see the 21 year old Syrian refugee repeatedly exclaiming that god is great before he charges a driving car and jumps on its windshield. After he is dragged down, he goes on to take off his jacket and shirt and jumps onto a tram where he tries to electrocute himself. He fails and is arrested.
The refugee is now in a hospital for a suspected psychosis, the Austrian KRONE reports.
The Austrian domestic intelligence agency has warned law makers that there could be a hot bed of Islamic radicalisation developing in the region of Styria.
Director of the Federal Office for State Protection and Counter-terrorism (BVT), Peter Gridling is warning law makers in Austria not to overlook the growing number of Islamists being radicalized on Austrian soil. Austria’s domestic intelligence agency chief worries that in regions like Styria both home grown Islamists who have been radicalized as well as newcomers from Syria could pose a threat to Austria’s security in the future reports Kleine Zeitung. Continue reading »
The grand coalition government of Austria has announced its budget for 2017 and has revealed a massive €2 billion cost for migrants – well above most predictions.
Finance Minister Hans Jörg Schelling of the conservative Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP) announced that the state would be examining the bill for the housing and care of migrants, reports Austrian broadcaster Oe24.
The ministry of finance also released figures breaking down the costs of asylum seekers for the previous two years which were well below the two billion euros proposed in the budget. According to the report in 2014, the government spent €600 million on asylum seekers and in 2015 the number increased to around one billion. The new figure is double that of 2015 but it is also based on the proposed 37,500 “ceiling” for migrants. Continue reading »
VIENNA, Austria — During a mass brawl between migrants from Chechnya and Turkey in the Austrian capital a passerby was pushed into the path of an oncoming tram.
The victim, a Serbian man, was struck by a tram when one of the brawlers pushed him onto the tracks, reports Austrian paper Kronen Zeitung.
The Serbian sustained severe injuries with his legs being directly hit by the oncoming tram at the intersection of Knöllgasse and Quellenstraße in Vienna’s Favoriten district. The Favoriten district is well known for its high population of migrants from Turkey, Chechnya, and the Balkan states and is a low-income area.
The wave of newcomers who entered Austria during the migrant crisis will cause social benefits spending to soar by 35 per cent, a report has revealed.
The latest research shows that the majority of people receiving welfare in Austria never progress to permanent jobs. With particularly bad employment prospects for migrants, local authorities say the system should be reformed after last year’s influx. Continue reading »
Afghan Muslims, ages 15 & 16, were behind most of the sexual assaults. Officials say they need more police on the streets but the only way to stop sexual violence like this is to stop ALL Muslim immigration.
Notice at the end of this video, Mo Ansar, Tommy Robinson’s favorite British Muslim friend, pooh poohs such curfews and says they unfairly discriminate against Muslims.
H/t reader kevin a.
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A mass brawl between asylum seekers and LASK Linz FC football supporters saw several people injured in the old city of Linz over the weekend.
Up to 40 asylum seekers and LASK Linz FC supporters were involved in a massive brawl in one of the oldest districts during the early hours of Saturday morning following a LASK match that took place earlier Friday afternoon. Police say that the supporters clashed with the asylum seekers near a restaurant on the Badgasse in downtown Linz leaving several injured from both sides, reports Austrian broadcaster ORF. Continue reading »
An Austrian conservative politician has slammed the ruling coalition in Vienna after revealing that new migrants receive more benefits than retired farmers.
Club chairman of the conservative Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP), Reinhold Lopatka, has called to the attention of the ruling coalition that new asylum seekers are paid more than retired Austrian farmers, although they have never paid into the welfare system. Mr. Lopatka called on the Socialist party leader and Austrian Chancellor Christian Kern to address the issue, though the reaction from his socialist party and the Greens was largely negative, reports Kronen Zeitung. Continue reading »
The head of Austria’s anti-human trafficking force has claimed much of the profit of people smugglers in the Middle East and North Africa is making its way into the bank accounts of Islamic State.
Russian airstrikes have largely destroyed the ability of Islamic State to sell cheap oil on the black market, which, along with ransoms from kidnapping, was for a time their main source of income. Now according to Gerald Tatzgern, the head of Austria’s anti-human trafficking force, the group is being funded by people smuggling and is intentionally protracting the migrant crisis, reports Kurier. Continue reading »
Four teenage boys received light sentences after they were all accused of not only supporting the Islamic State terrorist group, but also creating videos to promote their ideas.
A court in the Austrian city of St. Pölten handed out light sentences to four teenage boys who stood accused of creating propaganda videos for the Islamic State terror group (ISIS). The boys who were all 16-years-old, were all convicted of spreading propaganda fro the group but none will face prison time as two were handed a suspended sentence and the remaining pair were given probation, reports Austria’s largest paper Kronen Zeitung. Continue reading »
A city in Austria has mandated a curfew for underage migrants after a series of sex attacks at a festival over the past few days and has essentially put the migrants under house arrest.
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Twenty-one per cent of all crimes committed by foreigners in Austria are committed by asylum seekers – a number greatly disproportionate to the population of non-Austrian nationals.
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The populist anti-mass migration Freedom Party of Austria (FPÖ) has stirred up controversy by celebrating the 333 year anniversary of the end of the Turkish siege of Vienna.
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The number of illegal migrants who have entered Austria this year has been revealed to be over 120,000 – far more than the supposed government limit of 37,500.
According to an inquiry by a member of the Austrian Freedom Party (FPÖ) the real figure for illegal border crossings into the central European state from January to July is 129,882. The figure is much larger than the government’s limit of 37,500, which was meant to trigger a shut down on all migration, reports Austrian paper Heute. Continue reading »
Sweden, Denmark, and Austria are seeking tough new powers to deter migrants, the latter two proposing to instantly turn back so-called asylum-seekers at their borders.
The Austrian government announced Tuesday they are receiving advice on how to turn back migrants within an hour, as well as capping the number of asylum requests it accepts, EurActiv reports.
On the same day, the Danish government proposed a law giving police the power to reject “asylum seekers” at their borders in times of crisis – times such as last year, when a million strong wave arrived after the German Chancellor suspended the Dublin agreement and invited unlimited numbers into the continent. Continue reading »
A leading pollster in Austria is predicting a win for anti-mass migration candidate Norbert Hofer, as Hofer praises government ministers who have taken a harder line on mass migration.
The momentum for the anti-mass migration Freedom Party (FPÖ) candidate for the presidency of Austria, Norbert Hofer, is gaining even more steam. A new poll shows that 38 per cent of Austrians, including a leading pollster, believe he will win the re-run of the election on October 2nd compared to rival Alexander Van der Bellen who managed 34 per cent support.
The poll conducted by OGM on behalf of Austria’s Kurier newspaper, shows that many Austrians are undecided, but OGM boss Wolfgang Bachmayer believes the numbers will favour Mr. Hofer. Continue reading »
The Defence Minister of Austria has attacked German Chancellor Angela Merkel calling her attitude and policy during the migrant crisis “irresponsible” and holding her accountable for Austria’s migrant problems.
Austrian Defence Minister and Socialist Party MP Hans Peter Doskozil did not mince words Friday when it came to his opinion of how German Chancellor Angela Merkel has handled the migrant crisis over the past year. Doskozil called the Chancellor “irresponsible” for her remarks to the German people and Europeans saying “We can do it!” as over a million migrants flooded into Europe, mostly to Germany through Austria. The minister made clear demands to Germany and the European Union to fix the broken asylum system and prevent a repeat of last year reports Austrian paper Kronen Zeitung. Continue reading »
Freedom Party candidate Norbert Hofer has extended his lead in new polls heading into the Austrian presidential re-run as he continues to dominate his rival Alexander Van der Bellen.
The polls show that Hofer is now leading the former Green Party leader by six percentage points, after the previous election in which they were both virtually tied. The October 2nd re-run of the second round of the presidential elections could play much differently because of recent terror attacks and instability in Turkey reports OE24.
The poll of 600 Austrian voters, conducted by polling agency Gallup on behalf of the Österreich newspaper, shows that Mr. Hofer continues to expand his lead on his opponent. Early polls last month showed a four percent lead for the FPÖ candidate who’s party had brought a complaint to the Austrian constitutional court over the postal voting that had won the election for Alexander Van der Bellen. The court found serious discrepancies in the postal ballots and determined that the election would be held again on October 2nd. Continue reading »
A new report has leaked information that the Turkish spy agency has over 6,000 operatives in Germany and may reach into neighbouring Austria as well.
According to a new report from German media, the Turkish intelligence service, known at MIT, has over 6,000 operatives in Germany and may play a part in the recent pro-Erdogan sentiment among the Turkish diaspora.
The MIT has even pressured German Interior Minister Thomas de Maiziere to act against supporters of Imam Fethullah Gülen, the man President Recep Tayyip Erdogan blames for being behind the failed coup last month. The MIT have allowed Erdogan to keep close ties to the Turkish community in Germany Kronen Zeitung reports. Continue reading »
Over 50 Afghan migrants fought among themselves and with police in one of the Austrian capital’s most famous parks and the site of several past migrant crimes.
Police were alerted to a massive fight between Afghan migrants at the Venidiger Au, a park across the street from Vienna’s famous Praterstern amusement park over the weekend. In the late hours of Friday night the migrants attacked each other in the small park and when police tried to calm the situation the migrants attacked them as well. An amateur martial artist also helped authorities and was lauded on social media for helping the authorities
The Interior Minister of Austria has announced he wants to see tougher laws on asylum seekers including the stripping of asylum for the committing of criminal offences.
Interior Minister of Austria Wolfgang Sobotka has put to bed any doubt that he will go easy on criminal asylum seekers. Sobotka, who earlier this year took the reigns from former Interior Minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner, announced that he wishes to see an increased toughness on asylum seekers who commit crimes.Sobotka, of the conservative Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP), said that the government should even consider stripping asylum seekers of their claims if they commit crimes
A minister of the conservative Austrian People’s Party (ÖVP),he said the government should even consider stripping asylum seekers of their claims if they commit crimes reports Die Presse. Continue reading »
REUTERS — Nine Iraqi asylum seekers and refugees have been arrested over the alleged gang rape of a 28-year-old German woman in Vienna on New Year’s Day, Austrian police said on Monday, a case likely to fuel public debate over immigration and crime.
Austria has not seen scenes like those in the German city of Cologne on New Year’s Eve, when hundreds of women told police they had been groped, attacked and robbed by mobs of men.
But immigrants have been accused of isolated sexual and other attacks committed in Austria, which has helped harden public opinion against an open-door policy toward migrants fleeing war and poverty in the Middle East and elsewhere, as the Cologne episode did in Germany. Continue reading »
A state of emergency decree allowing Austrian authorities to take stricter measures against asylum seekers could be reviewed by the government as early as September, Chancellor Christian Kern has said.
Adoption of the decree depends on the outcome of the negotiations between Austria and Hungary scheduled for early September which will focus on the issue of readmission of refugees and migrants, Kern said in an interview with the Austrian APA news agency. Continue reading »
Far-right Austrian Freedom Party (FPO) presidential candidate Norbert Hofer has called for a ban on naturalization of Turkish residents in Austria until dual citizenship issues are resolved and said that his country could still leave the EU if Turkey joins the bloc.
Hofer said that he “very much advocates the demand” to break off the EU accession talks with Turkey, as he launched his campaign in the re-run presidential election by giving an interview to the Oesterreich daily.
He said that the accession talks do not help the EU to make Turkey more western-oriented, adding that this strategy “does not work” anymore. Continue reading »
(REUTERS) – Austrian police said on Friday they are turning away four times as many illegal immigrants at the Brenner border crossing as in May due to tougher controls and more migrants heading for northern Europe from Italy.
“The situation for us is still relatively relaxed,” said Edelbert Kohler, deputy head of Tyrol police, in charge at the crossing. “But the recent developments in Italy are causing us a great deal of concern.”
More than 25,000 migrants, mainly from Nigeria and Ethiopia, arrived in Italy in July, 12 percent more than in the same period last year, EU border agency Frontex said on Friday. Continue reading »