Nanny fired for taking part in protest
Staff reporter · 11 May 2014, 11:46
Published: 11 May 2014 11:46 GMT+02:00
A supervisor working in a Viennese kindergarten lost her job this week after a formal letter of protest was sent by the Venezuelan ambassador, Ali de Jesus Uzcategui Duque.
The nanny had participated in a demonstration march on April 12th, held to protest against the "dictatorial government" and ongoing violence in Venezuela.
An official from the embassy had apparently photographed participants in the rally, as a picture was sent to the kindergarten along with a letter of complaint, identifying the nanny as one of the marchers.
The ambassador expressed his concern that his own child attends the kindergarten where the supervisor works, saying (according to the Wiener Zeitung) that the demonstration was "an attack on the democratically elected government" of Venezuela, and therefore an attack on him personally as its official representative in Austria.
Although the kindergarten initially defended its employee, it reluctantly terminated her contract after an atmosphere of "politicization and distrust" grew among the parents supporting the Venezuelan embassy.