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Gaza protest investigated for hate speech

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Gaza protest investigated for hate speech
Photo: APA/HANS PUNZ
08:48 CEST+02:00
Pro-Palestinian protesters who staged a 'flash-mob' style theatrical protest over the weekend in Vienna are under investigation for hate speech.
According to a report in the news daily Heute, people who witnessed the theatrical protest by Palestinian sympathizers were presented with a "disgusting spectacle" in front of Vienna's State Opera house.
 
A total of 35 performers, many clearly representing Israelis, staged mock murders of children dressed as Palestinians. The 'perpetrators' wore armbands with the Jewish Star of David.
 
Media reports were mixed, with some condemning the 'theatre piece' as excessive, while others thought the actions were a reasonable criticism of Israel.
 
Regardless of the differing views, Vienna's state prosecutor confirmed on Thursday that they are conducting an investigation. "We have initiated investigations into hate speech."
 

Protestors wearing Israeli symbols stage the execution of a child.  Photo: APA/HANS PUNZ

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