VIENNA (Sputnik) – The head of Austria’s Security and Intelligence Agency (DSN) Omar Haijawi-Pirchner said on Thursday that he did not rule out the possibility of riots in the country amid the likely energy crisis this fall.
“We haven’t seen riots in the streets yet. But the hate on the internet has clearly increased. Every crisis means that some people’s desperation can turn first into verbal actions and then even into violence,” he said. Haijawi-Pirchner told the Austrian newspaper. Kronen Zeitung, answering the question whether the security service expects riots in the fall against the backdrop of a possible energy crisis.
The Austrian counterintelligence service says the number of citizens participating in the conflict in Ukraine is in double digits, according to the head of the DSN.
“Counterintelligence is aware of a small double-digit number,” he said in response to the question about the number of Austrians involved in military actions in Ukraine.
Austria’s new special service, a division of the Interior Ministry, began work last December following the reform of the previous structure after the Vienna terror attack in November 2020.