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Asylum seekers in Votivkirche threaten new protest action

The refugees, who occupied Votivkirche of Vienna and moved to the convent Servitenkloster in March, demanded the termination of the deportation proceedings and announced new public action. The asylum application was rejected in more than half of the 56 cases.

As the refugees have been feeling abandoned since they moved to the convent. They thus want to get back the public’s attention by further protests and new occupations.

The spokesperson of the asylum seekers said in a press conference that the situation in the convent has calmed down but many affected refugees fear deportation.

This is why they want to continue protesting – the first day of protest will be part of the 1st of May celebrations.

The refugees have now focused on one main request: they do not want to be deported. For example, they have to fear being killed in Pakistan and do not want to return there.

They further emphasised that they hope that Cardinal Christoph Schönborn will keep his promise to protect them. If no solution is reached and "the beast of the deportation will not be killed", the refugees will organise surprising protests, blockades and new occupations. One of them even threatened to harm himself.

The asylum seekers complained that their situation is abused by the politicians. Although they were promised an individual examination of their asylum applications and legal support, they were instead put under pressure and their applications were rejected.

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