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Chancellor Kurz condemns Islamophobic attack in Austria

Video taken by victim shows elderly Austrian woman's verbal and physical attack on Austria-born Muslim woman

Askin Kiyagan   | 01.04.2019
Chancellor Kurz condemns Islamophobic attack in Austria

VIENNA

Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz on Monday condemned a verbal and physical Islamophobic attack on Muslim woman.

“A sickening attack, which I condemn in the strongest possible terms,” Kurz wrote on Twitter, sharing a report which included video taken by the Austria-born Muslim woman who was attacked by an elderly Austrian woman.

“In #Österreich [Austria] we stand for a respectful and peaceful coexistence of all religions!” he added.

However, many social media users criticized Kurz’s tweet saying the far-right government was responsible for the rising Islamophobia in the country.

Many citizens, especially non-governmental organizations, also condemned the attack on social media and showed solidarity with the victim.

The discriminatory, anti-immigrant and anti-Muslim policies of the far-right government in Austria, which had been in power for over a year, led to a dramatic increase in racist incidents, according to reports.

* Written and contributed by Sena Guler in Ankara

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