A wave of solidarity rises in Austria and Germany

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Participants hold a banner during a demonstration for more rights for refugees under the slogan 'Being a human in Austria - against inhumane treatment of refugees' in Vienna, Austria, 31 August 2015. Europe is grappling with the biggest flow of migrants since World War II. Many of them are fleeing war-torn countries such as Syria and Afghanistan, risking their lives in perilous journeys to reach affluent Western states.

Against a tide of xenophobia, the Viennese and Bavarians make Europe proud


Monday was a hard day for Vienna. The country felt the stain and shame of discovering 71 dead in a fridge truck, including four children, next to a highway. These were refugees, fleeing war only to be asphyxiated to death, in Europe of all continents. Appalled, 20,000 Viennese took to the streets to protest against asylum policy.

But, they did more than protesting.

The very same day 3,650 Syrian refugees were leaving Budapest, following what amounted to little less than a riot, as the auth...


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