(Muslim) asylum-seeking hunger strikers: We want the right to stay in Vienna…
Posted by Ann Corcoran on January 22, 2013
….and get a free education and be able to move around where ever we want. Oh, and no deportation for those who failed to qualify as refugees in Austria.
This story is over ten-days-old and has been kicking around in my posting queue for over a week and just now I couldn’t find a follow-up—did they starve to death or did the Austrian government cave in? Although, not exactly breaking news now, it’s an interesting story when coupled with another report from the excellent international blog–-Gates of Vienna—on Vienna.
Here is the hunger strike story from Deutsche Welle (emphasis mine):
Political refugees in Vienna are starving themselves to protest against poor living conditions. The Austrian government wants the protest to end as soon as possible – but it seems there’s no end in sight.
In the dark, neo-gothic Votive Church near Vienna’s city center, weak winter sunlight filters through stained glass windows and illuminates the mattresses and blankets jammed into a corner. More than a dozen young men lie in the jumble of bedding.
“We got families,” says one of the protesters. “We got situations that people just don’t understand. We gotta make a change. We gotta make people understand.”
The protesters say they will starve themselves to death unless the Austrian government changes its refugee policy. They marched on the church from a refugee center 20 kilometers outside of Vienna. They say conditions there are overcrowded, that they receive only 150 euros a month ($198) on which to live and that many of them will spend years in these cramped quarters, sometimes with young families. Muhamed Numan, a 24-year-old from Pakistan, defines the group’s goals.
The two tall spires of the chalk-colored Votive Church dominate the cityscape of Vienna. (Photo: Votava / dpa) Vienna’s Votive Church has guards at the doors to protect refugees.
“The first is asylum,” he says. “The second is free education. The third is freedom of movement.”
They also want to stop the deportation of those who have been refused refugee status, as well as to erase refugee fingerprint records. The Austrian government says it is not prepared to meet those demands.
Austrians: no patience for those who bite the hand that feeds them!
“These demands, like the right to stay for everyone, like the erasing of finger-prints … lack any legal basis and don’t come anywhere near meeting EU regulations,” said Austrian interior minister Johanna Mikl-Leitner.
Austrian Freedom Party MP Norbert Hofer also believes that the asylum seekers’ message will not be well received in Austria.
“People have no time for someone who comes to Austria seeking protection and then starts demonstrating,” Hofer said. “In Austria we have done a lot. Between 2005 and 2010 alone we spent a billion euros on asylum provision.”
But, of course Mr. Hofer, they don’t care how much you’ve done in the past, the point is to bring Austria and all of Europe to its knees economically and culturally.
And, look who is here! The Catholic Church supporting the Muslim ‘asylum seekers.’ What else is new!
The protesters are backed by aid agencies and NGOs, which have been criticizing the government’s asylum policies for years. They claim that accommodation for refugees is overcrowded and that the burden of care falls mainly on charities like the Catholic aid agency Caritas. [I say let the Catholic Church use its vast resources for its chosen “charity.” It is not the role of government to do so!—ed]
Think about it! Over 300 years ago, at the Gates of Vienna, Christians turned back the Muslim armies about to over-run Vienna and march through the gates of Europe, and it’s today’s Catholic Church helping Muslims conquer Christendom now.
Refugee camp squatters were earlier evicted near Vienna
There is more here about a camp previously disrupted by the Austrian government. Readers, we are seeing these camps all over Europe (here in Germany and here in Holland). See also Greece, here. These are not spontaneous and disconnected events, they mean to bring down Europe in our lifetimes. The Islamists know history!
Demographic change has already come to Vienna!
Now, please visit “Babul on the Danube” at Gates of Vienna (a blog you should visit daily*):
Barely any students with German as mother tongue in Vienna
The nationwide statistics conceals the dramatic developments in Vienna, because German is hardly spoken in the primary schools of the federal capital. The district in Vienna where this is most blatantly visible is Margareten, where the proportion of immigrant children has risen to 89 % — that is, 924 out of 1038 children have as their mother tongue something other than German.
* The Gates of Vienna blog moved yesterday, find it here!
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