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    People Rally in Vienna Against Refugee Restriction Policy, Turkey-EU Deal

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    The demonstration, numbering several thousand participants, against the policy of restricting refugee flows and the Turkey-EU agreement was held in Vienna on Saturday, local media reported.

    VIENNA (Sputnik) — According to police estimates, about 2,500 people participated in the rally.

    The protesters expressed their disagreement with the authorities' migration policy, limiting the number of asylum seekers in the country to 37,500 people for 2016, as well as with the Turkey-EU deal, struck on Friday, that will see all migrants arriving illegally from Turkey to Greece starting from March 20 returned back. In exchange, the EU will resettle thousands of Syrian refugees directly from Turkey.

    According to the Austrian Press Agency, the demonstrators proclaiming the slogan "welcome refugees" brought inflatable boats, symbolizing drowned migrants in the Mediterranean Sea.

    The EU-Turkey agreement is due to take effect on Sunday. As part of the deal, the European Union pledged to speed up the allocation of 3 billion euros to Turkey to help it deal with the undocumented migrants. An additional 3 billion euro in assistance to Ankara can be given by 2018.

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    • Aon Duine
      "Muslims march in the streets of Vienna in support of letting more Muslims in."
    • Jet fuel can't melt steel beams
      Look at that flag! Sure!.. That's not the real one!
    • Adrienne Adonis
      Look at the people protesting. They are not Europeans at all ! What a media scam this is. Maybe the media should have a vote across Europe via the Internet and really see what the Europeans have to say. It's those pervert khazars running the show.
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