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Austria: Anti and pro-refugee rallies face off in Graz01:12

Austria: Anti and pro-refugee rallies face off in Graz

Austria, Graz
January 17, 2016 at 20:24 GMT -00:00 · Published

An anti-refugee rally was staged in the city of Graz on Sunday. The group which was made up of around 300 protesters was confronted by a counter demo.

Police were on site making sure no violent incidents took place as the two groups rallied side by side at 100 meters (328 ft) apart from each other. The day ended with no serious incident and remained peaceful.

The rally comes following Vienna's recent change in policy regarding its facilitation of migrants and refugees. The government has implemented a strict monitoring system which will prohibit asylum seekers who they deem 'economically' motivated from entering the country. Consequently, the Schengen agreement on open borders in Austria has been temporarily cancelled.

Austria: Anti and pro-refugee rallies face off in Graz01:12
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An anti-refugee rally was staged in the city of Graz on Sunday. The group which was made up of around 300 protesters was confronted by a counter demo.

Police were on site making sure no violent incidents took place as the two groups rallied side by side at 100 meters (328 ft) apart from each other. The day ended with no serious incident and remained peaceful.

The rally comes following Vienna's recent change in policy regarding its facilitation of migrants and refugees. The government has implemented a strict monitoring system which will prohibit asylum seekers who they deem 'economically' motivated from entering the country. Consequently, the Schengen agreement on open borders in Austria has been temporarily cancelled.

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