Austria president forced to step in after country's first newborn of 2018 revealed to be Muslim

 

The President of Austria has hit back at racist social media users who attacked a newborn baby for being Muslim.

Asel Tamga became the first Austrian born in 2018. Her birth was celebrated in the local press with a photo of the happy family in which her mother wore a hijab.

A deluge of racist and hateful comments followed on social media, forcing President Alexander Van der Bellen, 73, to step in.

He shared a Facebook post condemning the hateful attacks on Baby Asel, and added his own stern words of wisdom.

After wishing Asel welcome to the world, he added that; 'all people are born free and equal to dignity and rights.

Naime and Alper Tamga from Vienna welcomed daughter Asel at 00.47 on New Year's Day, making her the first baby born in Austria in the new year, according to the Daily Mail.

A photo of the family was shared on Facebook and a rash of racist comments followed among the thousands of well wishes.

 

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