Against Racism and Miscarriages of Justice

In the beginning of January 2013 a man pushed a black woman onto tube tracks in Vienna. This attack was preceded by a dispute about a loud phone call by which the man and his wife felt disturbed.

At the end of the trial, the man was charged for grievous bodily harm with the punishment of one year on probation and his wife was acquitted. The judge decided it could not be proven that the man intended to injure the woman and that he had acted in a “stress situation”. The mild verdict caused a wave of protest among civil society in Austria. The possibility that the incident was racially motivated does not seems to have been taken into consideration.

On 22 March 2013 the black community of Austria organised a demonstration in Vienna under the title “Against Racism and Miscarriages of Justice”. The demonstration started at the tube stop ‘Taborstraße’ where the incident took place along the first district to the Interior Ministry and the Justice Ministry. Approximately 300 people took part in the event.

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