Party chairman Mark Abwerzger announced the results of the investigation on Tuesday morning in a press conference, including a detailed report and extensive photographic material.
After a two-month investigation, they have found “conclusive evidence” that begging was operated on a clearly commercial scale in the Tyrolean capital.
Abwerzger, a local councillor and former lawyer, suggested that those responsible should be prosecuted in accordance with the Tyrolean Regional Police Act.
He explained that there was a hierarchical organization in place in the city that had at peak times up to 17 beggars working in a coordinated way throughout the state capital.
Overseers would distribute the beggars to key points around Innsbruck, where they would start their activity. “The people are forced to go begging,” said the regional FPÖ leader.