“We are on the side of Austria,” reacted Charles Michel, President of the European Council on Monday evening, a few hours after the attack in Vienna. Shootings broke out in the center of the Austrian capital and left at least two dead, including an assailant, police said. It is about a “probable terrorist attack”, specified the Minister of the Interior, Karl Nehammer.
“Europe strongly condemns this cowardly act which violates life and our human values. My thoughts are with the victims and the people of Vienna following tonight’s horrific attack, ”Charles Michel tweeted. “We are stronger than hatred and terror,” wrote Ursula von der Leyen, President of the European Commission.
The shootings occurred in the early evening, a few hours before the entry into force of a containment of Austria to fight the Covid-19 pandemic. Several perpetrators are involved, said Karl Nehammer, adding that the shootings were still in progress in the evening. One of the attackers was reportedly shot dead by the police, who intervened quickly on the scene and one of the members was injured.
“Our enemies must know who they are dealing with”
“We French share the shock and grief of the Austrian people struck this evening by an attack in the heart of their capital, Vienna. After France, a friendly country is attacked. This is our Europe, ”said Emmanuel Macron. The attack comes a few days after the attack in the Notre-Dame basilica in Nice on October 29, which left three people dead.
“Our enemies need to know who they are dealing with. We will not give up anything, ”added the French head of state. The Elysee said that Emmanuel Macron had spoken in the evening with the Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, to whom he “expressed his total solidarity, his support and offered the assistance of France if necessary”.
“We must not give in to the hatred that seeks to divide our societies,” the German Foreign Ministry tweeted. “Even if the extent of the terrorist acts is not yet determined, our thoughts are with the wounded and the victims in these difficult times”, wrote the ministry referring to “appalling and disturbing news” coming from Vienna.
Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz thanked “the leaders of the European Union” and “international partners for their sympathy and expressions of solidarity”. “We are going through difficult times in our republic,” he said on Twitter. “Our police will act decisively against the perpetrators of this hideous terrorist attack. “
Giuseppe Conte, the Italian Prime Minister, expressed his “solidarity with the Austrian people, the relatives of the victims and the wounded”. “There must be no room for hatred and violence in our common European home,” he tweeted.
“Irrepressible brotherhood with the Jews of Austria”
“Irrepressible fraternity with the Jews of Austria and the victims of the heinous attack in Vienna. We French, knowingly feel the shock. The Austrians can count on us ”, reacted Jean-Luc Mélenchon, the leader of La France insoumise.
“All my support for the Jewish community, the Viennese and its Mayor, Michael Ludwig, after the attack in front of a synagogue in Vienna. Paris is by your side ”, also tweeted the socialist mayor of Paris, Anne Hidalgo.
Shots indeed occurred near a synagogue in Vienna, but “at this stage, it is not possible to say” if the religious building was targeted, warned Oskar Deutsch, the president of the Jewish Community of Vienna. (IKG).
“All our support for the Austrian people facing a large-scale terrorist attack in Vienna, near a synagogue. Our cooperation in the face of this barbarism must be total. That’s what we are they are aiming for ”, said Marine Le Pen, president of the National Assembly.
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