The far-right Identitarian youth movement has placed a veil on one of Vienna's most famous statues as a protest against what they call "the Islamisation of Austria".

The black veil was placed on a statue of former Archduchess of Austria Maria Theresa - which lies between the Kunsthistorisches and the Naturhistorisches museums. Maria Theresa was well known during her reign for her devout Catholic faith, her anti-Semitism, and her intolerance of other religions.

In a press release, the group said they carried out the protest early on Tuesday morning and had to use a cherry picker to be able to reach the 65 foot high statue's head. They also placed a sign at the bottom of the statue reading, "Islamisation? No thanks!". Tuesday marked the anniversary of Maria Theresa's death.

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