Austria’s new anti-terror laws

Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz at the Austrian Chancellery in Vienna, Austria, 09 November 2020. [EPA-EFE/FLORIAN WIESE]

Austria’s government agreed on a legislative package to increase public security in response to last week’s terror attack in Vienna.

Under the legislative package, individuals who have been released from prison after absolving their prison sentence will be surveilled electronically if they are considered potentially radicalised. This also applies to those who have not done anything illegal.

Under one of the new laws, individuals found guilty of spreading “political Islam” will face incarceration “as long as they are not de-radicalised”, said Austrian Chancellor Sebastian Kurz (ÖVP).

Vice-Chancellor Werner Kogler (Greens) emphasised that these measures will combat any kind of extremism, including neo-Nazis.

(Philipp Grüll |

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