A major armed attack has taken place in the center of Vienna. The government speaks of a terrorist attack. Politicians around the world are appalled. An overview of the first reactions.
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In the late evening, many politicians expressed their dismay at the events in Vienna. Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP) condemned the alleged attack in Vienna as a “disgusting terrorist attack.” “Our police will take decisive action against the perpetrators of this disgusting terrorist attack,” the Austrian head of government wrote in a short news service Twitter.
We are currently going through difficult times in our republic. I want to thank all the emergency services who risk their lives for our safety, especially today. Our police will take decisive action against the perpetrators of this horrific terrorist attack.
– Sebastian Kurz (@sebastiankurz) November 2, 2020
Austrian Federal President Alexander Van der Bellen assured the victims of his support. “We have all been deeply affected,” the head of state said on Twitter Monday evening. Thoughts and compassion are on the victims, injured and their families, he tweeted. The Federal President stressed: “We will defend our freedom and democracy together and resolutely by all means.” He is in contact with the government. At the same time, Van der Bellen thanked other heads of state and government for their help.
Macron: “Won’t give in”
French President Emmanuel Macron wrote in German that the French shared the shock and sorrow of the Austrians. “After France it is a friendly country under attack. This is our Europe. Our enemies must know who they are dealing with. We will not give in to anything.”
We French share the shock and grief of the Austrians after an attack in Vienna. After France, it is a friendly country that is under attack. This is our Europe. Our enemies need to know who they are dealing with. We will not give in to anything.
– Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) November 2, 2020
Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission, expressed his solidarity with Austria in a Twitter message. “We are stronger than hatred and terror,” Von der Leyen wrote.
I am shocked and saddened by the brutal attack in Vienna. My thoughts are with the families of the victims and the Austrian population.
Europe stands on the side of Austria in full solidarity. We are stronger than hatred and terror.
– Ursula von der Leyen (@vonderleyen) November 2, 2020
Charles Michel, President of the Council of the EU, condemned the act as a cowardly act against human values. “My thoughts are with the victims and the people in Vienna after the terrible attack tonight,” Michel wrote. Europe is on the side of Austria.
Europe strongly condemns this cowardly act that is destroying lives and violating our human values.
My thoughts are with the victims and the people in them #Vienna after tonight’s terrible attack.
We are on the side of Austria @schaatsennl
– Charles Michel (@eucopresident) November 2, 2020
UN Secretary-General António Guterres is monitoring the situation with “grave concern,” he said in a statement. Guterres offered his condolences to the victim’s family and wished the injured a speedy recovery. The United Nations is on the side of the Austrian people and their government.
“Europe must respond”
Italian Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte wrote on Twitter: “There should be no place for hatred and violence in our common European home,” Conte wrote on Twitter Monday evening. Italy supports the Austrian people. The country thinks of the families of the victims and the injured. Rome’s foreign minister, Luigi Di Maio, made a similar statement. “Europe must respond,” he wrote.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson expressed his disgust at the situation in Vienna: “I am deeply shocked by the terrible attacks in Vienna tonight. The thoughts of Britain are with the people of Austria – we are united with them against terrorism,” wrote Johnson on Twitter.
I am deeply shocked by the terrible attacks in Vienna tonight. The thoughts of the UK are with the people of Austria – we are united with you against terror.
– Boris Johnson (@BorisJohnson) November 2, 2020
US presidential candidate Joe Biden first reported on Twitter to share his condolences with the victims and family members. “After the horrific terrorist attack in Vienna, Austria, Jill and I pray the victims and their families in our prayers. We must all act together against hatred and violence.”
After tonight’s horrific terrorist attack in Vienna, Austria, Jill and I keep the victims and their families in our prayers. We must all stand united against hatred and violence.
– Joe Biden (@JoeBiden) November 3, 2020
US President Donald Trump later reported on Twitter, “Our prayers are with the Viennese after another horrific act of terrorism in Europe. These malicious attacks on innocent people must stop,” the president wrote. The US supported Austria, France and all of Europe in the fight against terrorists, “including radical Islamic terrorists.”
US National Security Advisor Robert O’Brian said of the attack, “There is no justification for such hatred and violence.”
German politicians offer their condolences
Vice Chancellor Olaf Scholz called the attack “terrible news.” Federal Economy Minister Peter Altmaier announced: “The terrorist attack in Vienna shakes us deeply.” Foreigners also condemned the alleged attack: “Even though the scale of the terror is not yet foreseeable: our thoughts are with the wounded and victims during these difficult hours,” says a message sent Monday evening by the German Ministry of Foreign Affairs. Twitter was published. “We must not give in to the hatred that should divide our societies.”
Terrifying, disturbing messages reach us tonight #ViennaAlthough the scale of the terror cannot yet be foreseen, our thoughts are with the injured and victims during these difficult hours. We must not give in to the hatred that should divide our societies.
– Federal Ministry of Foreign Affairs (@AuswaertigesAmt) November 2, 2020
SPD chairman Norbert Walter-Borjans wrote on Twitter: “Whatever the motive and whoever the culprit may be. Such acts deserve exclusion, zero tolerance and all the harshness of the law.” FDP leader Christian Lindner tweeted, “Our thoughts are in #Vienna”.
Federal Justice Minister Christine Lambrecht said she was “shocked” by the terrorist attack in central Vienna: “I condemn this cowardly and horribly brutal crime in the strongest possible terms. If the initial investigations are confirmed, we will see again: Islamist terror is an acute, very serious crime. Danger in Europe. “
Green federal director Michael Kellner wrote in a tweet: “This is just awful – with the thoughts in #Vienna. Together against anti-Semitism”. The federal government’s migration commissioner Annette Widmann-Mauz (CDU) also spoke through the short messaging service: “Terrible news from #Vienna. My thoughts are with the citizens and emergency services on the ground.”