VIENNA/ANKARA (Reuters) – Austria and Turkey accused just about every other on Monday of responding inappropriately to clashes between Kurdish and Turkish protesters in Vienna last 7 days, additional straining relations.
On Wednesday, a brawl broke out immediately after Turks heckled a Kurdish collecting in Vienna, law enforcement reported. That was adopted by clashes on Thursday and Friday between Turkish counter-protesters and about three hundred individuals taking component in a Kurdish demonstration, according to a law enforcement depend.
Stones and fireworks were being thrown. This kind of violence is uncommon in Vienna, which has a big ethnic Turkish minority.
Turkey’s Overseas Ministry strongly criticised Austria’s managing of the protests, which it blamed on teams connected to militants of the outlawed Kurdistan Employees Get together (PKK).
It accused Austrian safety forces of meting out “harsh” cure to the Turkish protesters.
“Austria’s ambassador to Ankara will be invited to our ministry and knowledgeable of our issue,” it claimed.
Austria’s conservative Chancellor Sebastian Kurz, a vocal critic of Turkish President Tayyip Erdogan, named on him to quit interfering.
Kurz explained to broadcaster Puls4 on Monday evening that he would go on his restrictive system on migration, otherwise Austria might have to deal with other, similar imported conflicts.
“We see in France the place it can guide if integration coverage goes completely wrong,” Kurz claimed.
PKK militants have been waging an insurgency from the Turkish state due to the fact 1984 in a conflict that has claimed more than 40,000 life. The PKK is selected a terrorist team by Turkey, the European Union and the United States.
Previously on Monday, International Minister Alexander Schallenberg expressed to the Turkish ambassador “the distinct expectation that he add to de-escalation relatively than pouring gas on the hearth,” Austria’s International Ministry explained.
Austria said law enforcement intervention experienced prevented worse violence and pledged to obtain out who was behind the clashes. The police built eleven arrests and 7 officers were injured in the clashes, the Interior Ministry claimed.
Reporting by Francois Murphy in Vienna and Daren Butler in Ankara additional reporting by Kirsti Knolle, Editing by Jonathan Spicer, Gareth Jones and Sonya Hepinstall