Individuals 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 digital camera.
Movies first printed by native media present a masked particular person 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 have been learning the safety digital camera footage.
The impromptu memorial with flowers and candles spang up exterior town’s primary synagogue, on the place the place an Islamist gunman started his lethal rampage final month.
Individuals have 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 have been much more outraged after seeing the vandal in motion. In accordance with the newspaper Heute, Dietmar Schwingenschrot, an area politician from the right-wing Freedom Social gathering of Austria (FPO), has provided 1,000 euros ($1,212) to anybody “catching” the perpetrator.
The vandal, in the meantime, was referred to as a “pig” and an “a***ole” on-line, with folks saying the assault towards the memorial was “silly” and “disrespectful.” Some advised the vandal might have been mentally ailing. Some folks on-line claimed the vandal was a girl.
“By the way, I can not specific what I want for this particular person with out committing a felony offense,” a politician from the Austrian Individuals’s Social gathering (OVP), Matthias Arth, tweeted.
On November 2, a terrorist killed 4 folks and wounded 23 others in central Vienna earlier than being shot lifeless 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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