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Vienna to erect terror attack memorial

The City of Vienna has begun the planning process to erect an official memorial commemorating the victims of the terrorist attack in November.

Vienna to erect terror attack memorial
Photo: JOE KLAMAR / AFP

Since the attack took place on November 2nd, a number of people have returned to the individual crime scenes to lay wreaths and flowers and light candles to commemorate the victims. 

Austrian newspaper Der Standard reported on Monday that Vienna authorities are planning to erect a memorial to the victims of the attack. 

The Mayor of Vienna Michael Ludwig (SPÖ) told the newspaper that talks had begun on how the attack could best be remembered. 

The four people who were killed in the attack “will be at the centre” of any memorial plans, reports Der Standard. 

ANALYSIS: Vienna terror attack was 'only a matter of time' 

Representatives from Vienna’s Jewish community have welcomed the moves. The attack began near a synagogue in downtown Vienna. 

 

 

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‘Decomposing smell’: Austrian police called due to smelly shoes

Austria's police department said they were called to an apartment complex in Vienna after a person was concerned about a "smell of decomposition".

'Decomposing smell': Austrian police called due to smelly shoes

This week, the Viennese police department started a weekly ‘series’ of sharing interesting stories on their social media accounts

Calling the series ‘Misunderstanding Wednesday’ (Missverständnismittwoch), the very first post is about a call they received to an apartment complex after a concerned citizen complained to emergency services about a “smell of decomposition in the staircase”.

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The alleged corpse, it turns out, was just the neighbour’s smelly shoes which were left in the building corridor, in front of their apartment.

The police didn’t say when exactly the incident took place.

“When our colleagues are called because of the ‘smell of decomposition in the staircase’… and notice that the stunk is from the neighbour’s shoes which were left in front of the apartment door”, the official Twitter account of the Vienna police department reads.

‘When in doubt it is an emergency’

The authorities were light-hearted about the misunderstanding, even sharing a “meme-like” picture on their social media accounts, saying “some missions turn out to be different than initially assumed”.

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However, they reiterated that the misunderstandings should not deter people from calling 133, the emergency police number. They added that in case of emergencies and even if you are not sure, the authorities should be called and they will assist you.

“Note: in case of doubt, it is an emergency”, the Vienna police department says. “Never be afraid to dial the emergency number.”

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