Germans stage Austrian truck killing

German theatre troupe organises event filling truck with participants to raise awareness on great desperation of refugees

Photo by: AFP
Photo by: AFP

People stand in the storage area of a truck during an action organized by the Schauspielhaus theatre in Bochum, western Germany, on September 2, 2015

Updated Sep 4, 2015

Volunteers were packed into a refrigerated truck by a German theatre group on Thursday to sympathise with 71 refugees who were found dead in a back of a truck in Austria last week.

The Schauspielhaus theatre in Bochum organised an event with more than 200 attendees to commemorate the 71 refugees who lost their lives in the last week’s tragic incident.

In the event 71 volunteers tried to squeeze inside the truck, measuring  2.5 metres by six metres that has the same size with the original one which was found in Austria.

Forensic police officers inspect a parked truck in which up to 70 refugees were found dead, on a motorway near Parndorf, Austria August 27, 2015.

Describing the situation, Olaf Kroek said that  "The lorry was completely full, the people were squeezed right up against each other."

"This action is not disrespectful," he added.

"What is disrespectful is the political reality in Europe that people suffering so greatly hand over thousands of euros and must take such unsafe routes while for the rest of us Europeans it is so easy.. to travel in the other direction.”

As the humanitarian crisis is growing all around the world, German government put its estimation over the number of the refugees who would arrive in the country this year as 800.000.

The expected number of the refugees for this year, almost four times higher than last year’s records.  

“We’ve got to reckon there will be 800,000 people coming to Germany as refugees or seeking asylum,” said Interior Minister, Thomas de Maizière, adding that, “It will be the largest influx in the country’s post-war history.”  

TRTWorld and agencies