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Demonstrations against and for mosque building in Vienna

Yesterday 1.400 protesters were on the street to demonstrate against and for the building of a mosque in Vienna. The demonstration against the mosque counted 700 people. The other half of the protesters wanted to show their agreement to the controversial construction plans.

The spokeswoman of the public campaign against the mosque declared that the demonstration is not against the religion of the Islam, but rather against the feared noise and the increasing traffic. The Freedom Party supports the public campaign. Freedom Party leader Heinz Christian Strache declared in a speech that “he sees a lot of humans with civil courage among the protesters.”

The spokeswoman Hannelore Schuster explained that the public campaign is not extreme right-wing, just because it is supported by the Freedom Party. “The Freedom Party was the only party who was interested in our concern. All other parties were too coward to support us”, she said.

Also 700 protesters were counted at the demonstration for the building of the mosque. Most of the protesters were left wing, and members of the Green party. They tried to disturb the opposing demonstration and shouted “Nazis out!”. “Of the prison!”, answered the participants of the public campaign.

Both demonstrations ended at 7:00pm infront of Viennas town hall. Several hundred policemen impeded clashes.

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