15:51 GMT04 August 2020
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    After the failed coup attempt in Turkey, Austrian politicians criticized Erdogan for his undemocratic policies and violations of human rights, with some of them demanding the suspension of EU accession talks with Turkey.

    With this position, the Austrian government has sparked the anger of the Turkish community in the Austrian province of Voralberg. The activists from the so called "New Movement for the Future" (ABZ) wrote an open letter to the local authorities, expressing their disagreement with the official statements, German magazine Focus Online reported.

    "Dozens of workers and their families would be willing to leave Austria on the condition that they will receive previous social payments as well as contributions to their pension funds," the article said.

    Turkish-born immigrants published their letter on Facebook in which they said that their confidence in the Austrian government has rapidly decreased.

    "If Austrian politicians won't be able to handle Turkey- and Islamophobia currently prevailing in the country, the fears of people living in this beautiful country will grow. Attacks on Muslims, in particular Muslim women, have increased significantly in recent weeks and months. The statements made by top officials contribute to the rise of xenophobia. People who worked in Austria all their life have become subject to verbal and physical abuse and humiliation. This must be stopped as soon as possible, otherwise the ‘unwanted' people should be given the opportunity to leave the country in peace," the letter said.

    Earlier this month, far-right Austrian Freedom Party presidential candidate, Norbert Hofer, called for a ban on naturalization of Turkish residents in Austria, until dual citizenship issues are resolved. He also called for an end to Turkey's European Union membership negotiations, adding that if Turkey does become an EU member, Austria could break away from the bloc.

    On Monday, Turkey withdrew its ambassador to Austria, accusing the EU nation of being a supporter of "Kurdish terrorism" and a center of Islamophobia.


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