This just in: Many people in Austria don’t like George W. Bush!
George Bush was visiting Austria yesterday so there were a few demonstrations against his presence here. I went to the biggest one in the afternoon both as a photographer as well as to state my opinion that the Republic of Austria should not spend sizeable amounts of taxpayer money to entertain a war-monger and cause inconveniences for many of its citizens.
The thing with demonstrations, though, is that they are attended by lots of people who don’t share your own particular political and moral view of the world – in my case they usually tend to be a bit more extreme. It also seems to me to be that the more extreme people are the louder they tend to shout.
I’d rather not be associated, for example, with somebody who screams “Allah Akbar!” into a megaphone, nor with someone who’d like to get George Bush shot. I also don’t share the view (greeted with applause by the crowd) of one of the speakers that George Bush is the biggest human rights violator since the Second World War. Atrocious as his record is, even for a president of the United States, it seems almost petty compared to some other guys. This view, however, would not have resonated well with a large portion of the crowd, namely the communists. I’ll take a capitalist democracy over a communist dictatorship every time of day, thank you very much!
Nonetheless, it was a very peaceful demonstration and overall a mostly positive experience. See more photos from the demo in this Flickr group!