Saturday, 19. April 2014
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30. 07. 13. - 15:00
By Samantha Mitchell,
Authorities lied to us about the deportation of the “abbey asylum seekers” from Pakistan, says Caritas.
In an interview with “Heute” newspaper, general secretary Klaus Schwertner said his catholic charity had been assured by authorities that there were no plans to go ahead with the deportations.
He said: “A few days ago authorities assured us there were no immediate plans for deportation. We were lied to.”
In March 2013 8 Pakistani asylum seekers were moved from the Votivkirche church in Vienna to Serviten abbey.
They were recently arrested and yesterday four were deported, which prompted several protests in the city, including at the internal ministry and the airport.
Head of the asylum office, Wolfgang Taucher said Austria was right to act as it did.
He said: “We made many offers for them to return [to their home country] on a voluntary basis” and that their asylum cannot be granted as “they have not yet fulfilled the necessary criteria.”
Caritas is arguing that it is currently not safe for the men to return to Pakistan, and that the asylum authorities are not taking this into consideration.
During the protests yesterday one police offer knocked a young lady to the ground.
The moment was captured on video an uploaded onto You-Tube.
In response the police said that “the officer offered to call for emergency assistance, but she rejected this and ran away.”
Police say they are now conducting an internal inquiry into the affair.
Pink Easter bunny helps Vienna art world pay tribute to Dürer
The Viennese art world has created its own version of the Easter Bunny – by making a giant sized sculpture of the famous Albrecht Dürer painting currently on display until 29 June as part of the exhibition "Dürer, Michelangelo, Rubens"
Pressure Group To Tackle Victims Of Austrian Officialdom
A group of businessmen fed up at the way companies are being squeezed not only by red tape but also by ever newer taxes have taken to the Internet to try and build up pressure for change.
First Hotel in Millstatt Celebrates 130th Anniversary on Summer 2014
Luxury hotel See-Villa in Millstatt, Carinthia opens its doors anew to welcome the 2014 summer season and celebrates its 130th founding anniversary in Austria's summer capital.
Austrian Teen Girls Become Pin Ups For Syrian Jihad
Interpol is searching for two Austrian teenage girls who they believe have been tricked into going to Syria to fight on the side of Islamic rebels.
As seen at Haydn Kino: The Amazing Spider-Man 2
Film review by Kostyantyn Steblovskyy
Schools Ordered To Save, But Also To Buy Expensive Scales
Austria's embattled finance ministry has been dragged into a new scandal after it emerged that at the same time as demanding schools save 57 Millionen Euros, they were also expected to find an additional 3 million to buy an approved set of weighing scales.
OAP Hunts Down THIS Hit And Run Cyclist
Does anyone recognise this cyclist? If so you can get yourself 200 euros, and do a good deed in the process.
Property price rise continues
The price of property in Vienna has now spiralled so much that every 4th apartment comes with a price tag of 500,000 or more. And every second flat costs 300,000 or more.
Free Staff For One Person Companies - But Only In NÖ
Since the beginning of the year one-man-companies, the so called "Ein-Personen-Unternehmen" in Lower Austria have been entitled to help in the form of a free assistant.
What is on at Burg Kino this week? (18 April - 24 April)
This week at the Burg Kino on the Opernring the following films are showing:
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