Austrian express train played Hitler speech instead of the announcements
The shocking announcements were made on Sunday in the Railjet express train of Austrian Federal Railways (ÖBB).
Deutsche Welle reported this.
Instead of the normal announcements, you could listen to Hitler's speech with shouts "Heil Hitler" and "Sieg Heil" In addition to this, incorrect and inappropriate railway information was being broadcasted for several minutes. This is not the first such incident, as reported by the agency.
Two suspects have been apprehended, identified through monitoring analysis. The announcements were made directly on the train itself via the intercom system, confirmed Roland Scherscher from the Lower Austria State Office for the Protection of the Constitution and the Fight against Terrorism (LVT), which is conducting the investigation. ÖBB has confirmed a total of three such incidents of speaker takeovers.
The most recent incident occurred on Sunday aboard a train traveling from Bregenz to Vienna. "Fragments of the Hitler’s historical speech recording could be heard on the train. This was followed by several "Sieg Heil" shouts", described APA and emphasized that the dissemination of National Socialism slogans is prosecuted by law.
The first two incidents took place last week on the route between St. Pölten and Vienna. "Presumably, the suspects opened the intercoms in each carriage using their own key, which is available to every railway employee, and then played the recordings," explained the railway spokesperson, clarifying how the incidents were not the work of hackers or cyberattacks.
Earlier it became known that Austria supports the European Union and the United States sanctions against Russia and has frozen about EUR 2 billion of financial assets of the aggressor country. This was announced by Austrian Minister of Finance Magnus Brunner during a meeting with the Under Secretary of the Treasury for Terrorism and Financial Intelligence of the United States Brian Nelson.
The Minister noted that during the war of the Russian Federation against Ukraine, strategic relations between the European Union and the United States are of great importance.
"The effective application of sanctions against Russia is in the interests of Austria, Europe and the United States. We support Western sanctions against the aggressor and have frozen almost EUR 2 billion of financial assets since the start of the war," added Brunner.