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Austria: Hundreds decry Norway's 'theft' of children in Vienna01:31

Austria: Hundreds decry Norway's 'theft' of children in Vienna

Austria, Vienna
January 16, 2016 at 23:47 GMT +00:00 · Published

Hundreds of people protested outside the Norwegian embassy in the Austrian capital of Vienna, Saturday, urging Norwegian authorities to return the children who are said to have been 'stolen' by the Norwegian Child Welfare Service (Barnevernet). The event was organised by the Free Christian Assemblies.

The protesters, including people from Romania, Czech Republic, Russia and American carried pictures of the children while singing religious songs.

The Bodnariu family case has sparked protests across Europe. A family consisting of one Romanian parent and one Norwegian parent had their five children taken into care. The parents' lawyer plans to challenge the decision in Norway's Superior Court, though no trial date has currently been set.

The care system in Norway has attracted widespread criticism. It is thought that up to 40 percent of children in Barnevernet custody are from an immigrant background.

Footage courtesy of Radio Allelon

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Hundreds of people protested outside the Norwegian embassy in the Austrian capital of Vienna, Saturday, urging Norwegian authorities to return the children who are said to have been 'stolen' by the Norwegian Child Welfare Service (Barnevernet). The event was organised by the Free Christian Assemblies.

The protesters, including people from Romania, Czech Republic, Russia and American carried pictures of the children while singing religious songs.

The Bodnariu family case has sparked protests across Europe. A family consisting of one Romanian parent and one Norwegian parent had their five children taken into care. The parents' lawyer plans to challenge the decision in Norway's Superior Court, though no trial date has currently been set.

The care system in Norway has attracted widespread criticism. It is thought that up to 40 percent of children in Barnevernet custody are from an immigrant background.

Footage courtesy of Radio Allelon

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