Albertina and the demo

Cause we are such great fans of artists, me and my monsieur went to the Egon Schiele exhibition in the Albertina. It was nice, it was interesting, but when we left we got greeted by a chorus about Mohammed. It kinda sounded like some russian army song, but it was indeed a demo about something. i have no fucking clue what they were demonstrating against, nor who exactly it was. Considering that many of them had the Koran in their hand and kept swinging the books in the air like they were holding a sword, i guess it was about the Mohammed Cartoons again. According to a few people we asked, it was either about the cartoons or the invasion of the USA in Iraq. Funny enough that nobody exactly knew what the hell was going on there. The traffic was of course down, hundreds of people standing there and screaming something. Of course the police, our lovely friends and helpers, were there as well, doing sweet fuck nothing. Somehow i am glad they did nothing, you never know how our beloved police reacts when they think someone is treatening them. Everything was rather calm and controlled.
Any ideas what was going there?

Pictures are here: clickety click.

3 Comments so far

  1. scott (unregistered) on February 18th, 2006 @ 8:16 pm

    Whoa. I was there too. Totally surprised by it, actually. I was hanging out, saw some cops, then suddenly a bunch of protestors shouting “Allah” and coming down the street.

    I hate to say it, but Western Media has made me thing that such demonstrations could potentially be very dangerous, even though everyone seemed very controlled and despite a hundred or so *very* vocal people, it was mostly families and calm men.

  2. daniela (unregistered) on February 19th, 2006 @ 4:23 pm

    Scott, we were totally suprised by it either. i didnt know that this day a demo was planned in front of the albertina.
    and yes, the media loves to show us that everyone will freak out and burn down everything, but in fact -like you said – everything was calm. no pushing or fighting or insulting.

  3. Philipp (unregistered) on February 19th, 2006 @ 7:22 pm

    Well, I guess the reason why those demonstrations are not all that dangerous in Europe is because everyone is well aware what happens when they dance out of line.

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