Refugees in Austria, report

This video from Sweden says about itself:

9 September 2015

Tens of thousands of pro-refugee protesters rallied in Gothenburg’s Gotaplatsen Square, Wednesday, calling for the Swedish government to welcome refugees in the southern Swedish city. Gathering at the city’s famed Gotaplatsen square, the demonstrators bore banners calling for asylum seekers and economic refugees to be given sanctuary.

From daily The Independent in Britain:

Refugees’ horror in Austria: ‘It’s not human. We are treating them like sheep in pens

Thousands of refugees are attempting to pass into the country from the Balkans

Jamie Merrill Spielfeld, Austria

3 hours ago

Less than two hundred metres from the chaos of the no man’s land between Austria and Slovenia, the Austrian army is trying to impose order.

Here at Spielfeld more than 150 Austrian police and 400 soldiers are shepherding up to 4,000 refugees a day onto a fleet of 60 buses. The buses head north to Graz, Vienna and Graz, another step on the journey to Germany, the final destination for most of the refugees travelling across Europe.

Austria has been criticised by authorities in Slovenia for the pace at which it is accepting refugees and earlier this week it briefly threatened to build a fence along its border, but police have been drafted in from across the country to deal with the numbers of arrivals.

Despite this, minor scuffles and pushing break out as Austrian soldiers struggle to keep family groups together as they load the refugees onto the buses.

Watching is Anna Brettchuh, a teacher who has travelled from Hamburg to hand out bread, milk and cookies with her seven-year-old son Leopold.

She said: “It’s horrible. I can’t believe what I’m seeing here and no locals are helping them. To think that the Austrians have talked about building a fence. It’s not human. We are treating them like sheep in pens. It’s hard to see but my son had a project on refugees at school and I think it is important he see’s this. It is important we all see it.“

Waiting by the line, grasping his Austrian identity card is Iraqi refugee Bashar Al Sadoun, 28. He arrived in Austria from Basra in May and somewhere in the mass of thousands of refugees on the border are his wife, two sons and sister-in-law. He has had on-off contact with his family on WhatsApp but now his wife’s smartphone battery has gone flat. She is somewhere in the mass of queuing refugees. “I will be so happy when they get here. I can take them to Salzburg. I will see my babies, I don’t care about anything else.”

As Mr Al Sadoun is talking, an Austrian police approache and tried to move him into the line of refugees, only stopping when he realised that he already has Austrian citizenship.

The policeman is Wolfgang Braunsar, the police spokesman for the border crossing. “Sorry”, he said. “I did not know. We have received 3,000 refugees today and we expect many more thousands this evening. We are doing the best we can to move them [to] other camps nearer [to] Germany where they can be cared for.”

Mr Al Sadoun will have to wait to see his wife. If and when he spots her in the ground he won’t be allowed to go to her, instead he will have to follow her bus and be reunited with her at the next camp. ”I will catch the train and follow her,“ he said. ”I will see her soon.“

Films about sparrows and hoopoes at Rotterdam festival

This video, recorded in the USA, says about itself:

Planet Sparrow, New York Segment

4 April 2014

Sparrows in New York City, part of the international documentary about the life of [house] sparrows, directed & produced by Kurt Mayer for ORF, Arte & NDR.

At the Wildlife Film Festival in Rotterdam, the Netherlands, there will be more films about birds. Including Planet Sparrow.

The festival organisers write about it:

A sparrow in the Souk in Cairo: bushy and tousled, he flits between crowded stalls to build his nest and attract a mate. He‘s one of the five heroes of Planet Sparrow. Small and grey-brown, sparrows may seem dull, but this first impression is deceptive; they’re extremely clever. The camera pursues these artists of flight through narrow alleys, revealing their spectacular aerial manoeuvres.

In New York, orphaned sparrow chicks are adopted by new sparrow parents. Sparrows play Russian roulette in Moscow, flying beneath the cars on the busiest roads to save winter energy. In Beijing they’re captured and then released to bring good luck. In Paris, centuries of living with humans have taught them to form teams that steal and share the food of café diners. Planet Sparrow is a documentary about these flying survival artists, their neighbours and adversaries, all filmed from the perspective of the birds!

This video, recorded in Austria, is the film Return of the Hoopoe.

There will be also the film Return of the Hoopoe at the Rotterdam festival.

The organisers write about it:

Across Europe hoopoes are struggling. But amidst the orchards and vineyards of the Wagram region near Vienna they are thriving. This documentary shows how the small bird with the spectacular crown feathers made a comeback in the heart of Europe and how it is dealing with its neighbours: Aesculapian snakes, foxes and falcons.

It is also the story of one man’s dream that came true: Manfred Eckenfellner is the Hoopoe Whisperer, and because of his passion the birds found their way back to the Wagram. Even cultivated landscapes like Wagram’s vineyards offer countless opportunities for wild animals to find new niches. Kestrels use castle towers to breed and bee-eaters live in the same layers of loess vintners grow their grapes on.