Austria’s Kurz vows to fight ‘political Islam’ after Turkish teens rampage through Vienna church

Facade of the Church of St. Anthony of Padua, Vienna

Facade of the Church of St. Anthony of Padua, Vienna. Photo: Zairon. CC BY-SA 3.0.

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz has said that his government will not tolerate religious extremism after dozens of Turkish youths reportedly stormed through a church in Vienna.

Between 30 and 50 Turkish teenagers are said to have rampaged through the Catholic Church of St. Anton von Padua in Vienna-Favoriten. According to local media reports, the youths shouted “Allahu akbar” as they kicked benches and the church’s confessional. The youths scattered after the pastor called the police.

Writing on Twitter about the rowdy flash mob, the Austrian chancellor said that all Christians in the country must be able to “exercise their faith freely and safely.”

“We will resolutely continue the fight against political Islam and will not show any false tolerance here.”

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