August 27, 2015

As many as 50 migrants found dead in parked truck in Austria

Rebel Staff

Is Europe’s migrant problem spiralling out of control? Quite possibly. 

According to reports, the bodies of at least 20 migrants - and potentially as many as 50 - have been found inside the back of a truck parked on the shoulder of the main highway from Budapest to Vienna in eastern Austria.

The decomposing bodies - the refugees, who appeared to have suffocated, are believed to have died before they entered Austria, police said - were discovered Thursday morning on Austria’s A4 highway near Parndorf.

The Guardian reports that Hans Peter Doskozil, head of police in the district of Burgenland, confirmed the 20-plus-strong body count but indicated that the death toll could rise to 40 or 50 as the condition of the corpses has led to difficulties in establishing a definitive count.

“The deaths already occurred some time ago,” the police chief was quoted by the Guardian as saying. “We can make no concrete assumptions about the origin or cause [of death]. We can assume, however, that they are refugees.”

Reporting from the scene, UK-based Channel 4 News’ International Editor Lindsey Hilsum tweeted that the smell of decomposing bodies was overpowering:



Hilsum also tweeted about the emerging police and forensic presence on the Austrian highway:



The news of the shocking find reportedly broke after Austrian Chancellor Werner Faymann had just finished urging other European leaders of the imminent need to crack down on human traffickers.

The Associated Press reports that Faymann told those attending the Western Balkans Summit in Vienna Thursday that the tragic discovery was a perfect example of the urgent need for quick solutions to handle the wave of migrants swarming into Europe.

“Today refugees lost the lives they had tried to save by escaping, but lost them in the hand of traffickers,” he said.

Reportedly shaken by the news, German chancellor Angela Merkel, attending the summit on Europe’s migrant crisis, said: “This reminds us that we in Europe need to tackle the problem quickly and find solutions in the spirit of solidarity.”

Austria’s interior minister, Johanna Mikl-Leitner, released a statement quickly condemning the perpetrators of human smuggling.

Denouncing the activities of the mafia gangs commonly involved in human trafficking, she said: “Human smugglers are criminals. Those who still think that they are gentle helpers of refugees are beyond saving.”

Local media reports suggest the truck, apparently abandoned Wednesday with its back door left open, was first spotted by a road worker who alerted police after noticing blood dripping from the back of the vehicle. Detectives then made the chilling discovery.

The 7.5-tonne truck, which, according to the Guardian, used to belong to Slovak meat company Hyza before being sold in 2014, is currently registered to someone from the central-Hungarian city of Kecskemét. Although the new owners did not remove the truck’s logos as required, Hyza has reportedly stressed that the company has nothing to do with the truck now.

Police have launched a manhunt for the driver.

With wars raging in Syria, Iraq and Libya, the heavy influx of refugees and asylum seekers has placed an increasingly large burden on European nations - and many are struggling to cope.

According to the BBC, the number of migrants arriving at the EU’s borders skyrocketed to a record high of 107,500 last month.

Warsaw-based EU border agency Frontex said in a statement that the above figure for July was the “third consecutive monthly record, jumping well past the previous high of more than 70,000 reached in June.”

Making it a target for migrants seeking to enter the EU, Hungary’s southern border marks the outermost boundary of the EU’s so-called Schengen zone of passport-free travel.

Since 1985, the 26-nation Schengen Agreement, of which Britain and Ireland are not signatories, however, has seen the abolition of border checks between member nations and has facilitated the free movement of people within continental Europe.


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commented 2015-10-24 10:24:35 -0400
I thought Allah was supposed to be akbar… guess he was busy that day.
commented 2015-08-27 18:08:36 -0400
indirect consequence of not stopping ISIS in their tracks, now these people will do anything to get to safer lands….
commented 2015-08-27 17:20:06 -0400
Only 50, what a pity.
commented 2015-08-27 17:11:05 -0400
Maybe some day we will have an election fought on the rights to carry arms to protect ourselves from the radicals. Maybe in 4 years?
commented 2015-08-27 16:55:23 -0400
Hahaha Joan that was awesome…
commented 2015-08-27 16:48:56 -0400
This is a grisly tragedy of course. But why did anyone think open borders was a good idea? Trump has promised to send in boots on the ground to stop the wars that these migrants flee from. Of course that could trigger war with Iran that has stated it will consider any American boots on the ground an act of aggression and a declaration of war with Iran. But what else can be done? Iran’s Revolutionary guard are good but clearly they are not good enough to stop these refugees pouring into Europe. Looks like WW III is all but officially declared. And now Canada is facing polls that predict an NDP majority. Can we really afford to just let Europe be overrun by not only immigration jihad but by the sheers number of jihadis inevitably imbedded among the refugees?

Charles -“War, good God, ya’ll, what is it good for? Absolutely nothing at all”. The headline of another site that reported this story read: “A drop in the bucket?” to suggest dead migrants is desirable. This is what war does. It tempts us to see the other as vermin.

Never mind your cold heart. I am sure it is really a reversed Baked Alaska.
commented 2015-08-27 16:08:35 -0400
I know this sounds very cold hearted… But it was the liberals that made me do it… With their soft on minorities and hard on the real Canadians that were born here, and buried there family here, and bled for the freedom they all seem to bitch about…
commented 2015-08-27 16:03:15 -0400
I do feel sorry for the people that have died on the highway in a (cargo van) but if they can’t get control in their own country and they believe in the Muslim state and religion then they have to deal with the human traffickers… You can’t tell me the 100000 in July and the 70000 in June are all law abiding citizens and they can’t wait to join the European nations with open hearts… All what’s happening here in Canada and we have way more rights then Europe…