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Vienna riots pit Kurds and Antifa against nationalist Turks

editor: REMIX NEWS
author: Mariann Őry

The recent riots in Vienna are an example of “imported” conflicts between two migrant communities, which take advantage of the Antifa name as an excuse for violence, Magyar Nemzet columnist Mariann Őry writes.

The fact that the riots have gone on for several days is bad enough in itself. What makes it worse is that the mainstream in Austria can hardly claim to have nothing to do with the whole thing. The Austrian Greens – who are represented in both the coalition government and the capital’s city council – are active supporters of the Kurdish-Antifa side. Green Vice-Chancellor Birgit Hebein was criticized by both Chancellor Sebastian Kurz’s People’s Party and the anti-immigration Freedom party (FPÖ) for attending the rallies.

This comes as little surprise from the Greens. In Germany, Sweden and elsewhere in Europe, criminal elements associated with immigrants and the radical-left Antifa can go on a rampage with the assurance that the left-liberal side will defend them. While they worry about the dangers of the far-right, they consider Antifa their allies. But even center-right parties are reluctant to act strongly against them.

Following the same pattern, Hungarian politicians siding with the left-liberal campaign in the West to punish Hungary are joining causes that are opposed to the national interest. And this kind of destructive behavior is not exclusive to any one country. Elements of today’s opposition in Poland, those associated with Donald Tusk, behave similarly to those who have completely yielded to Western liberal interests.

When these politicians aren’t busy doing something outright destructive, they spend their time blowing completely out of proportion totally inconsequential and navel-gazing issues. European Commissioner for Equality Helena Dalli spoke yesterday about “structural racism” in the European Commission, a topic we could do well without given Europe’s economic and social crises.

But back to Austria. Whatever Kurz or the Freedom Party say, they cannot undo decades of ill-advised integration policies. Hungary and Poland are lectured every day by politicians who either don’t acknowledge the problems in their own countries or, what’s worse, contribute to them. The best they can do is drag Central European countries along with them to have some company on the road leading to the precipice. 

Title image: Police separate Kurd and Turkish demonstrators during a protest by Kurdish demonstrators against Turks in Vienna, Austria, Saturday, June 27, 2020. (AP Photo/Ronald Zak)