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Caught In The Act

Caught In The Act

It’s a familiar scene in Vienna: Officers of the so-called foreigners’ police (Fremdenpolizei) take action against asylum seekers or illegal refugees, while anti-deportation activists stand by documenting the procedure on hand-held cameras. The police don’t like it, but what can they do? Plenty, it seems. In a dramatic recent case involving a family with a […]

An Abridged History of Violence: Notable Cases of Abuse by the Austrian Police

May 1999 Markus Omofuma The 25-year-old Nigerian suffocates after being bound and gagged by Austrian immigration police on a deportation flight to Sofia, Bulgaria, a procedure that investigations later reveal was common. The three police officers responsible receive suspended sentences for causing death through negligence. They are allowed to continue in service. April/May 2000 Richard […]

History of Abuse

History of Abuse

The events at Spittelau underground station on Feb. 11, coupled with Mike Brennan’s profile as a U.S. citizen and teacher at the Vienna International School, have led many to hear for the first time the fears felt by Vienna’s black community – the fear of victimisation on the basis of skin colour, of finding oneself […]

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