romea - logo
August 17, 2018
extended search

Austria: 20 000 demonstrate in support of receiving refugees

1.9.2015 19:26
The flag of Austria.
The flag of Austria.

The Austrian Press Agency reports that at least 20 000 people, according to Austrian Police estimates, gathered for a demonstration against the inhumane treatment of refugees yesterday in the center of Vienna. Approximately 450 police officers patrolled the marchers and the event took place without incident.

The parade of demonstrators began at Vienna's Westbahnhof train station, where hundreds of migrants arrived yesterday by train from Budapest, and marched to the city center. It ended with speeches in front of Parliament on the Ringstrasse, which police closed.  

The demonstrators dispersed calmly at around 21:30. Many people responded to the organizers' calls to wear white to symbolize world peace.  

Those participating carried posters demanding, among other things, the opening of legal travel routes for refugees. Just before the demonstration began, a public service was held at St Stephen's Cathedral in the city center in memory of the 71 refugees who probably suffocated to death before Austrian Police found them last Thursday in a refrigerator truck parked on the side of the highway not far from the border with Hungary.  

"Enough! There has been enough dying, enough hardship, enough persecution. We can no longer avert our gaze," Cardinal Christoph Schönborn told a cathedral full of visitors, including almost all members of the Austrian Government, including Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann.  

Czech citizen charged with smuggling human beings

News server reported today that the Czech Embassy in Vienna says Austrian authorities have charged a Czech citizen with smuggling human beings. He faces up to 10 years in prison if convicted.  

Lucie Steinichová of the consular division of the Czech Embassy says the youth is between 20 and 25 years of age and was arrested by Austrian Police at the end of July. He has already been charged and currently is in custody in the Lower Austrian metropolis of Sankt Pölten.  

The man's attorney says he has confessed to the crime. According to the Czech Embassy he will remain in custody, but it is not yet clear whether he was part of an organized group or acted alone. 

bau, ČTK, translated by Gwendolyn Albert
Views: 407x

Don't miss:

Related articles:


Asylum, Austria, Civil society, Czech Republic


--ilustrační foto--

Tomáš Ščuka: Romani people need competent representation first and foremost, not Romani representation at all costs

1.8.2018 10:04
I would like to discuss one of the big deficiencies in the Romani community, and that is the active participation of Romani people in political life. Thanks to the existence of online social networks, which make communications and the opportunity to share opinions so easy, we have recently been able to follow different calls to action, discussions, and similar inputs from the widest possible sample of Romani people across the Czech Republic who are frequently expressing their views of the necessity for higher participation by our community and sharing their perspectives.
 full story

--ilustrační foto--

Edita Stejskalová calls on Czech Govt to create the position of Commissioner for Romani Affairs

1.8.2018 6:48
Speaking yesterday at a demonstration in Prague, Edita Stejskalová, a civil society member of the Czech Government Council on Romani Minority Affairs, called for the Czech Government to immediately create the position of a Commissioner for Romani Affairs. "Romani people do not live in poverty and social exclusion by choice! Romani people are entitled to equal, fair treatment! Romani people do not want to live on the fringes of society! Romani people are demanding that EU institutions and their own Governments educate society to respect the rights of all citizens, and we ask the courts to thoroughly punish advocacy of political opinions based on theories of racial superiority! Romani people demand adequate protection of their lives and personalysecurity, as is guaranteed to all citizens! Romani people demand active, seriously-conceived participation from the national to the international level in decision-making processes," she called on the authorities in a speech that news server is publishing in full translation below.
 full story

--ilustrační foto--

Slovak Govt Plenipotentiary for the Romani Community: Žilina is a textbook example of hate crime

27.7.2018 8:12
The recent attack on Romani people in Žilina, Slovakia, one of whom is hospitlaized with a brain hemorrhage, is a textbook example of hate crime according to the Slovak Government Plenipotentiary for the Romani Community, Ábel Ravasz (a member of the Most-Híd party), and should be prosecuted as one. The chair of the Romani Union civic association in Slovakia (ÚRS), František Tanko, says Romani people abroad and in Slovakia are outraged by the racist crime and have announced a protest march in Žilina.
 full story


Každý diskutující musí dodržovat PRAVIDLA DISKUZE SERVERU Moderátoři serveru si vyhrazují právo bez předchozího upozornění skrýt nevhodné příspěvky z diskuse na Ty pak budou viditelné jen pro vás a vaše přátele na Facebooku. Při opakovaném porušení pravidel mohou moderátoři zablokovat zobrazování vašich příspěvků v diskusích na ostatním uživatelům.

More articles from category

romea - logo