Folks in Austria have been left shocked and outraged after an unidentified vandal destroyed a memorial in honor of the victims of November’s lethal Islamist assault in Vienna. The incident was captured on digicam.
Movies first printed by native media present a masked individual in a blue hat stepping on memorial candles and repeatedly kicking them round whereas holding one thing resembling a grocery bag.
Police spokesperson Markus Dittrich stated they had been finding out the safety digicam footage.
The impromptu memorial with flowers and candles spang up exterior the town’s essential synagogue, on the place the place an Islamist gunman started his lethal rampage final month.
Folks had been shocked to seek out the candles scattered throughout the cobbled avenue on Sunday. “Who would do one thing like this? As a society, we should stand collectively,” Beate Meinl-Reisinger, the chairwoman of the NEOS – The New Austria and Liberal Discussion board occasion, wrote on Twitter earlier than the video was leaked.
Many had been much more outraged after seeing the vandal in motion. Based on the newspaper Heute, Dietmar Schwingenschrot, an area politician from the right-wing Freedom Celebration of Austria (FPO), has supplied 1,000 euros ($1,212) to anybody “catching” the perpetrator.
The vandal, in the meantime, was known as a “pig” and an “a***ole” on-line, with individuals saying the assault towards the memorial was “silly” and “disrespectful.” Some advised the vandal could have been mentally unwell. Some individuals on-line claimed the vandal was a lady.
“By the way, I can’t categorical what I want for this individual with out committing a legal offense,” a politician from the Austrian Folks’s Celebration (OVP), Matthias Arth, tweeted.
On November 2, a terrorist killed 4 individuals and wounded 23 others in central Vienna earlier than being shot useless by police. The perpetrator was an Austrian man of Albanian descent who pledged allegiance to ISIS. The terrorist group later claimed accountability for the assault.
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