After the attack in Vienna on Monday evening, politicians throughout Europe expressed their solidarity with Austria most especially with the victims of the attact. The Democratic presidential candidate in the USA, Joe Biden, called for unity against hatred and violence. EU Commission President Ursula von der Leyen expressed her “shock and sadness”. Earlier, French President Emmanuel Macron and UN Secretary General António Guterres also strongly condemned the terrorist attack in Vienna.
In view of the terrorist attack in Vienna, the Democratic presidential candidate in the USA, Joe Biden, called for unity against hatred and violence. “After the horrific terrorist attack tonight in Vienna, Austria, Jill (his wife, note) and I include the victims and their families in our prayers. We must all stand united against hatred and violence,” Biden twittered. The US government also reacted to the terrorist attack. “There is no justification for such hatred and violence,” said National Security Advisor Robert O’Brien.
“My thoughts are with the families of the victims and the Austrian population,” wrote von der Leyen on Twitter. “Europe stands in full solidarity with Austria. We are stronger than hate and terror.”
Macron twittered: “We French share the shock and grief of the Austrians after an attack in their capital Vienna. After France, it is now a friendly country that is under attack. This is our Europe. Our enemies must know who they are dealing with. We will not give in.”
The German foreign ministry was also horrified: there were “frightening, disturbing reports” coming from the Austrian capital, it said on Twitter. “Even if the extent of the terror is not yet foreseeable: our thoughts are with the injured and victims in these difficult hours,” the Foreign Ministry emphasized. It added: “We must not give way to the hatred that is supposed to divide our societies.
EU Council President Charles Michel condemned the act as a cowardly act against life and human values. “My thoughts are with the victims and the people of Vienna after tonight’s terrible attack,” Michel said on Monday. Europe stands on Austria’s side, he said.
EU Parliament President David Sassoli and EU Foreign Affairs Commissioner Josep Borrell expressed similar sentiments. Sassoli commented: “It is with sadness and horror that we follow the news of another attack in Europe”. Borrell spoke of a “cowardly act of violence and hatred”.
Guterres said he was following the situation with “extreme concern”. Guterres expressed his condolences to the family of the victim and wished the injured a speedy recovery. The United Nations stood on the side of the Austrian people and their government.
The Italian head of government Giuseppe Conte also condemned the alleged attack. “There is no place for hatred and violence in our common European home,” Conte wrote on Twitter. He expressed his closeness to the Austrian people, the relatives of the dead and the injured.
The Spanish Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez also spoke out. “Hatred will not bend our society. Europe will resist terrorism,” Sanchez wrote on Twitter. He spoke of a “senseless attack” and assured “solidarity with the Austrian people”.
Danish Prime Minister Mette Frederiksen wrote of a “horrific attack”. Her thoughts are “with the victims, their families and the entire Austrian people. Denmark stands shoulder to shoulder with Austria in this difficult hour”.
“My thoughts are with the victims and their families. We must stand together against attacks on our open society,” wrote Swedish Prime Minister Stefan Löfven on Twitter.
Luxembourg’s Prime Minister Xavier Bettel described the alleged act of terrorism as a “heinous attack on our freedom, our values and our way of life. One is in “thoughts tonight with our friends from Austria and the citizens of Vienna,” he said on Twitter. “We will never let hate win”, the Prime Minister emphasized.
The Slovenian Prime Minister Janez Jansa expressed “full solidarity” with Austria. “To France, Austria. Who is next? No one is immune to the terrorist threat in Europe. Zero tolerance for radical Islam,” Jansa twittered.
His Croatian counterpart Andrej Plenkovic also expressed solidarity with the Austrian people on Twitter. “We condemn the terrible terrorist attack in Vienna and convey our condolences to the families of the victims as well as our solidarity with the entire people of Austria. Croatia is with you in these difficult hours”, Twittered Plenkovic in German.
The Polish Foreign Minister also spoke out: “Frightening and dramatic news is coming from Vienna. We remain in solidarity in the fight against aggression. (…) We remember the victims of the attack and their families.
British Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted: “The thoughts of Great Britain are with the people of Austria – we stand united with you against terror.
— hp, source: news agencies. Picture: screenshots: kurier.at, google.com
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