Left-wing extremists and “refugee” workers protested again in Vienna against the deportation of illegal immigrants, causing traffic chaos. As the police and several media reported, around 50 demonstrators blocked a motorway junction at Vienna Airport.
Accordingly, the left-wing radicals abseiled from a bridge and set up road blocks. The photos showed how they blocked the multi-lane access road to the airport with a banner that read “Stop deportations!” and “Deportation is murder”.
Guerrillas from the left-wing extremist Antifa and the Bündnis Bleiberecht [Right to stay Alliance] were also involved in the actions. Left-wing photographers criticized the fire brigade for supporting the police in clearing the blockades.
According to the Green politician Birgit Hebein, around 45 Afghans were to be returned to their homeland on Tuesday. The Lower Austrian police announced that the protests had been unannounced. After the blockades had been cleared, the demonstrators announced that they would be protesting against collective deportation in Vienna the same afternoon.
At the end of February too, pro-migrant activists tried to prevent the deportation of several Afghans in the Austrian capital. Among the rejected asylum seekers were several men who had committed very serious criminal offenses in the past. For example, three of them were found guilty of either having attempted or having committed rape.
The government’s asylum policy had also led to disputes in the black-green coalition in the past. The Greens stressed that the government had a “political commitment to humanity”. The ÖVP, on the other hand, insisted on compliance with the law.