Already hit hard by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, some European cities have been targets of terror attacks these past few weeks.
On 29 October, three people died in an attack inside a church in the city centre of Nice, France and this week, on 2 November, four civilians died and more than twenty got wounded in an attack near a synagogue on Seitenstettengasse in Vienna, Austria.
Together with other liberal leaders, ALDE Party President Hans van Baalen has expressed his solidarity and condolences to the victims and their families in both France and Austria, strongly condemning these acts of terrorism and calling for ending all religious fundamentalism. President van Baalen stands by French President Emmanuel Macron, who has stated that France will not give in to terrorists, and underlines that the European Union is a union based on shared values, democratic rights and freedoms. These freedoms and values cannot be compromised.
Leader of ALDE Party member NEOS in Austria, Beate Meinl-Reisinger, reacted to the attacks in Vienna on Tuesday, expressing her sympathy with the victims and their families: “What is clear is that our open social order is strong, will remain strong and is able to defend itself against such attacks.”
🇪🇺🇫🇷We stand by France! The islamic terrorist attack in Nice is not an isolated case, but is unfortunately part of a longer list. Words of sympathy are no longer enough. We will have to act. Extremism must be rooted out! @aldeparty #nice— Hans van Baalen (@hansvanbaalen) October 29, 2020
Nous, Français, partageons le choc et la peine du peuple autrichien frappé ce soir par un attentat au cœur de sa capitale, Vienne. Après la France, c’est un pays ami qui est attaqué. C’est notre Europe. Nos ennemis doivent savoir à qui ils ont affaire. Nous ne céderons rien.— Emmanuel Macron (@EmmanuelMacron) November 2, 2020
Der offensichtliche Terrorakt in Wien lässt uns alle geschockt zurück. Unsere Gedanken sind bei den Opfern und unser Dank gilt den Einsatzkräften. Klar ist, dass unsere offene Gesellschaftsordnung stark ist, stark bleiben wird und wehrhaft solchen Angriffen gegenüber steht.— Beate Meinl-Reisinger (@BMeinl) November 2, 2020