Islamic graffiti on church wall in Vienna

Country: Austria

Date of incident: May 12, 2024

Next to the entrance to the church of St. Anthony of Padua slogans written in black pen appeared on the wall. "Islam will win, with you or without," and "Deen over Dunya" ("Religion over worldly life") are just some of the numerous slogans on the wall. Some of the words have been crossed out or replaced, but the graffiti has not been removed.

This is not the first time that St Anthony's Church has been the scene of a crime. Four years ago, around 50 young people stormed the church shouting "Allahu Akbar". Investigators from the Office for the Protection of the Constitution assume that the church intruders were a group of Turkish youths who had previously organised themselves via social media.

There is currently no answer as to why the graffiti has not been removed, as the parish has not yet taken a position when asked. Karl Mahrer, a local politician, emphasised that "clear signals and measures must be sent against emerging extremism, especially in Vienna".

Source:, Profil