May 31 2010 – Kather Salam – About thousand angry Turks, Palestinians, Arabs, and Austrians held a sit-in in front of the Israeli embassy in the eighteenth district in Vienna. The protestors condemned the crimes of the Israeli mass execution carried out by commando unit on the Humanitarian Freedom Flotilla, in which 19 people were murdered and at least 56 wounded.
Among the demonstrators were the relatives of one of the victims. According to eyewitnesses, some of them had a nervous break-down and rushed to try to break through the police barriers. A policeman responded by spraying them with tear gas.
The head of the Palestinian community, Monther Meriae, among the organizers of the activity, said that the angry relatives of the person who had been massacred on the Freedom Flotilla, their father, approached the metal barrier and pushed it.
He added that the police spread tear gas towards the youths and caused him and them them burning in the neck and ears. Another person suffered seriously from the gas and was transferred for medical treatment.
The Austrian police spokesman present in the area strongly denied the incident when I asked him about clarification. He said that “everything was OK”.