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Austria: It's (Persian) New Years in Vienna!

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Hat tip Unzensuriert. Translation by Fousesquawk.

Happy New Year!”

A lot of Wieners (inhabitants of Vienna) didn’t know it, but this weekend was New Year’s Eve. For the Iranian residents, that is. So hundreds of Iranians and other revelers flocked to the inner part of Vienna, right in front of the famed St Stephen’s Cathedral where they lit a bonfire, sang, and danced for hours while everybody else was supposed to stay indoors due to the Covid crisis. In the end, things got heated, and some local gays were insulted and roughed up.  No big deal, according to Vienna’s Finest.

The below article from the conservative Austrian site, Unzensuriert, is translated by Fousesquawk.

* Note: The reference to Nehammer is Karl Nehammer, Austria’s much-maligned interior minister.

Insanity is becoming normal. Migrants celebrated with a campfire in the middle of Stephansplatz (Square), directly in front of the Cathedral, and danced for hours without Nehammer’s “Corona hunters” intervening.

“Persian New Year”: Migrants light bonfire undisturbed in the middle of Stephansplatz.

On Sunday, hundreds of migrants celebrated the Persian spring festival on the Stephansplatz of Vienna. At the end of the event, there were riots.

Immigrants provoke with a celebration in front of the St Stephans Cathedral

In the night from 20-21 March, for more than 3,000 years in several Oriental lands, the day and night “Nouruz” marking the beginning of spring has been celebrated. In Austria, up to now, there has been no public Persian New Year’s celebration. That changed, however, last Sunday. The migrants are becoming more and more self-confident and drove from the urban districts into the center of the city, so that the rest of the local population could participate in their activities.

Police do not intervene in spite of Corona violations and campfire

On the same evening, numerous videos were spread on different social media platforms, in which loud shouts, music, and scenes of violence could be viewed. The migrants dance(d) closely embracing and often without masks and lit a fire in the middle of Stephansplatz. The police at no time intervened. Where were the strict distance-monitors and mask enforcers, where there were thousands of reports for exactly the same offense?

Omnipresent (was) the flag with the emblem of the banned Kurdistan Workers Party (PKK) and a portrait of its founder, Abdullah Öczalan, sentenced to life in prison. Once more, Vienna is a venue for foreign differences. 

Turks against Kurds:  Celebration escalates into fighting

No wonder, after a while, passersby, presumably of Turkish origin, began to disturb the reported “demonstration”. According to witnesses, homophobic statements were made, as the “tweet” of an activist who (was present) shows below. The Revolution eats its own children. 


Rise up 4 Rojava Wien tweet: 

“Toward the end of the Newroz celebration, there were attacks against LGBTQ comrades. They were carrying a rainbow flag and were, thus,  (subjected to) homophobic insults and were physically attacked.

We stand against heterosexist attacks and express our solidarity to those affected.


The Nehammer police, however, were satisfied with how the evening went.

Police statement-

“The demonstration was basically peaceful. At the end of the gathering, there was just a short disruption. This. however, could be quickly pacified without further incidents by the intervention of (police). After the end of the demonstration, a man attacked a police officer in the course of his duties and was provisionally arrested on suspicion of attempted resisting (police).” 


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