A "Minute Of Silence"

31/08/15To Be Heard Across The Globe

Choosing silence as the best response to what he considers the Austrian government's failure to handle the current migrant situation and improve the catastrophic conditions in Traiskirchen, Vienna's largest refugee camp, artist Raoul Haspel recently launched his powerful minute of silence "Schweigeminute", which has now topped the iTunes and Amazon charts in Austria.

With over 4,000 orders and counting the single can now be downloaded for 0.99 euros via iTunes and Amazon. All proceeds will go to a local charity in Vienna that works to provide aid to migrants and refugees at the Traiskirchen camp.

“I had to do something that had not been done before. I decided to be silent very publicly. We have to turn this silence into something very loud,” says Haspel.

His "Schweigeminute" played out live during the recent Nuke Festival by Graz as all acts took the stage, the final speech of Charlie Chaplin's "The Great Dictator" aired via the giant screens and the crowds fell silent, while also commemorating the 71 refugees found dead in an abandoned truck a few days before.

AUTHOR: Lev Nordstrom