QA-17, 22 March 2017, Statement of the Spokesperson of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Ambassador Hüseyin Müftüoğlu, In Response to a Question Regarding the Incident Targeting the Turkish Embassy in Vienna

Today (22 March), some activists who had passed to the roof of our Embassy in Vienna from the roof of the neighboring building, unfurled to the exterior side of the Embassy a banner with racist and threatening expressions in German, targeting our President and the Turkish people living in Austria.
The banner in question was immediately taken down by our embassy officials; and the police, upon being informed, ensured security in the area but they failed to catch the perpetrators. As the investigation was ongoing, an extreme right-wing group named "Identitare Bewegung" (The Identitarian Movement) announced on the Internet that it claimed responsibility for the action.

The security of the Turkish Embassy in Vienna where our diplomats were martyred in the past and the Turkish representations in Austria are under the responsibility of the Austrian authorities. This act perpetrated against our embassy, unfortunately, reveals a serious security and intelligence deficiency. We expect from the Austrian authorities to arrest the perpetrators as soon as possible and punish them accordingly as well as ensure adequately the security of our missions in Austria.

On the other hand, it is clear that this act is an inevitable consequence of the Austrian government's negative and provocative discourse based on internal political considerations, which irresponsibly targetsTurkey and the Turkish community.