Muslim screaming “Allahu akbar” splashes gas around Vienna City Hall, threatens to burn it down

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He was apparently enraged by Norbert Hofer’s criticism of Islam. How can Austrian authorities prevent this sort of thing from happening? They’ve apparently decided that the best way to do that is not to teach the value of the freedom of speech, but to stigmatize and criminalize criticism of Islam.

“BREAKING: Man suspected of terrorism storms into Vienna City Hall and shouts “Allahu Akbar” – connection with a politician’s criticism of the Koran suspected,” Medforth, June 24, 2020:

During today’s municipal council meeting, a man stormed into the Vienna City Hall on Wednesday, shouting “Allahu Akbar” according to eyewitnesses. The security guard called for backup. The fire brigade also had to move in. The man threatened to set fire to everything.

As soon as the 32-year-old arrived on his bicycle, he threw it down and stormed into the Vienna City Hall shouting “Allahu-Akbar”.

Thereupon he splashed petrol around him and threatened to set everything on fire. The fire brigade – as well as the police – arrived with a considerable number of men and neutralised the accelerant. At this time a meeting of the Vienna City Council was taking place in the City Hall. Nobody was injured due to the professional and quick action of the security guard, who was provided by the police.Sharp criticism of the political reaction on the part of the Social Democratic Party (SPÖ) mayoral faction was voiced by state party secretary Michael Stumpf of the Freedom Party (FPÖ). The fact that the socialist Christian Hursky spoke of the fact that the attacker did not carry a lighter with him anyway, would “scandalously downplay” an obviously Islamist-terrorist motivation.Moreover, the latter would instead have referred to Norbert Hofer’s statements on the Koran….

The police have promised the magazine “Wochenblick” to release more information about the suspected attack later today. Currently, the press team of the Vienna police would still be investigating how and why the incident occurred.

Photo by Gryffindor – Own work, CC BY 2.5, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=1128542

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