One of the victims suffered a broken skull due to a parking lot dispute
Two people have been badly beaten outside a luxury hotel in Vienna by a group of apparent Ukrainian citizens. The incident unfolded in the center of the Austrian capital earlier this week, with local police giving some details to the Heute newspaper on Saturday.
The clash erupted when two luxury SUVs, a BMW X5 and a Toyota Land Cruiser stopped at a taxi-reserved area outside the hotel due to a parking lot dispute. At least one vehicle had a Ukrainian license plate, footage of the incident is available online. Police spokesman Christopher Verhanzak told the newspaper that the political motive for the attack had already been blown up.
Two taxi drivers waiting for clients outside the hotel asked the driver of the two vehicles to move away from the restricted parking space, provoking an angry reaction from them and their passengers. Several youths got out of the posh vehicles, cursing the taxi drivers and spitting in their cabs. “Victims are subsequently attacked, as seen in the video.” Says Verhanzak.
One of the taxi drivers was immediately beaten during the collision, according to footage from the scene. A man is seen grabbing the victim by the legs and dragging him out of the way of the SUV, which sped off after the attack.
The taxi drivers sustained multiple injuries in the collision, one of whom was identified as a 47-year-old man who was hospitalized with a broken skull. Another driver, a 48-year-old man, fled the scene with minor injuries, according to a police spokesman.
The clash is under investigation and no arrests have been made so far. “According to the preliminary investigation, the suspect is a Ukrainian citizen. Further investigation is underway,“It simply came to our notice then.
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