Dozens of Antifa troublemakers blocked a street to prevent the deportation of several rejected Muslim asylum seekers to Afghanistan, including those convicted of rape and other serious crimes.
REMIX News – (h/t nita) Up to 50 people, including members of the left-wing extremist group “Autonomen Antifa Wien”, blocked a street and demanded a right to stay for those who were being deported, according to Austria’s Heute web portal. A major traffic jam formed in the direction of downtown Vienna, forcing the police to step in and clear the blockade.
The fire brigade has now arrived at the protest and supports – once again – the police in clearing the blockades.
— Presse Service Wien (@PresseWien) March 30, 2021
As reported by the news portal Heute, the rejected asylum seekers included several men who had committed serious crimes in the past. Of the 37 people who were deported, 11 had already been convicted of one or more crimes.
For example, three men were found guilty of attempted and committed rape. There were also crimes such as coercion, bodily harm, dangerous threats, deprivation of liberty, robbery, theft, damage to property, resistance to state power, and violations of Austria’s Narcotics Act.
Protest against deportations to Afghanistan on the access roads to Vienna Airport! A few dozen human rights activists are blocking Hainburger Strasse, and two people have roped down on a bridge over the A4. I report live on site.#bleiberecht#w3003
Protest gegen Abschiebungen nach Afghanistan auf den Zufahrtsstraßen zum Flughafen Wien! Einige dutzend Menschenrechts-AktivistInnen blockieren die Hainburger Straße, auf einer Brücke über der A4 haben sich 2 Menschen abgeseilt. Ich berichte live vor Ort. #bleiberecht #w3003 pic.twitter.com/TkwY8ERAUh
— Michael Bonvalot (@MichaelBonvalot) March 30, 2021
However, the Antifa protests were unsuccessful. The rejected asylum seekers were deported to Afghanistan with the help of the EU border protection organization Frontex.
The Viennese protests commemorate the case of a young Afghan who entered the country illegally and was supposed to be deported from Nuremberg in 2017. At that time, too, a larger group, including supporters of the left-wing extremist movement Antifa tried to prevent his deportation. During their arrest, the Afghan had threatened that he would be back in Germany in a month and kill Germans.
Around 45 people are now to be deported to Afghanistan. Activists stand sideways and block the access road to the airport.
— Birgit Hebein (@BirgitHebein) March 30, 2021
In the case of Vienna, too, one of the deportees threatened several people with death. He had announced that he would kill the authorities and any judges who were involved with rejecting his asylum application.
In January, the deportation of three families to Georgia and Armenia caused a dispute in Austria’s governing coalition made up of the Austrian People’s Party and the Greens. While the latter condemned the measure, Interior Minister Karl Nehammer for the People’s Party defended the deportation.
After authorities cleared the blockade, open borders, radical far-left open borders activists descended on central Vienna to continue protesting deportations of illegal aliens.