Another demonstration on Saturday, this one in Vienna, brought out a couple thousand people. Since they were marching on public streets, there was a strong nearby police presence, with every seat filled by officers in some police cars.
This protest, we were told, was related to local elections on Sunday in Vienna, where candidates on the left and on the right were deadlocked in early results. There were signs about the bombing a couple days ago in Ankara, Turkey, that leftists have blamed on the Turkish President.
For a long time, Austria and Vienna, where a quarter of the country lives, have been left leaning, but the immigration issue has handed the right-wing an opportunity for an upset. About 10,000 migrants have filtered through a friendly Austria on their way to Germany in recent months. We have read that at least 40 per cent of Vienna’s population are immigrants. Our taxi driver Friday said he was from Serbia, and the lady who manages/cleans our apartment is from Bosnia.
On Sunday, there were two groups waving flags and passing out literature. One seemed focused on regime changes in Iran and the other supporting rebels in Syria.