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Lit­tle Asel, born on Jan­uary 1 at 00:47 in a Vi­en­nese hos­pi­tal, was greeted as the cap­i­tal’s “New Year’s Baby.” But on the in­ter­net, the an­nounce­ment was met with a bar­rage of hate posts about the girl’s name and her mother sport­ing a pink head­scarf. Hor­ri­fied, Klaus Sch­w­ert­ner, Sec­re­tary Gen­eral of Car­i­tas, called for a Blu­men­re­gen (flower rain) for Asel. Over 34,000 Aus­tri­ans wrote mes­sages of sup­port, which were printed and handed over to Asel’s fam­ily. Flow­ers for the Blu­men­re­gen!


Aus­tria’s new gov­ern­ment plans to house asy­lum seek­ers in “pri­mary care cen­ters” on the out­skirts of cities in the fu­ture. Her­bert Kickl, Aus­tria‘s newly-ap­pointed Min­is­ter of the In­te­rior (Free­dom Party, FPÖ), ex­plained that refugees should be “con­cen­trated” (konzen­tri­ert) at des­ig­nated places, spark­ing out­rage do­mes­ti­cally and abroad over both the plans and the ex­traor­di­nar­ily in­sen­si­tive lan­guage.

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