Why this story matters:
ZARA reported 1,162 documented incidents, more than ever before.
Online attacks mostly target Muslims and refugees. ZARA also noted a "conspicuous revival" of Nazi ideology: in 2017, there was a marked increase in displays of Nazi symbols and slogans.
According to ZARA, we see a "basic racist consensus" appear online -- a concerning phenomenon to say the least. At this point, any self-respecting government would step in and clearly denounce racism and hate speech, but so far there is no official statement on the matter.
Details from the story:
- Since January 2000, ZARA has been running a counseling center in Vienna where victims and witnesses of racism can receive free advice.
- In its annual "Racism Report" ZARA provides data on racist incidents in Austria. It is the only trustworthy souce of information on the matter.
- The association documented and processed 1,162 racist incidents in 2017, an increase compared to 2016.
- In 2017, online incidents accounted for 44% of all cases reported by ZARA.