16 June 08
(Photo by hubby)
There's no coup 'd etat! If you do not know that there is a football match between Germany and Austria, you might wonder why are the German and Austrian flags being raised like that in the midst of the people.
The fans gather in front of Stephansdom before a match. Cheering and chants could be heard a fews streets away. Its ok really 'cause its outside and in the open, however, while I was inside McDonald's (Singerstrasse) waiting for my takeout order of french fries, a tall German guy was blowing his whistle followed with a loud shout of 'Deutschland.' No personnel nor customer dared to tell him to stop and it was really annoying. To think that the place has a small reception and cashier area (dining is on the lower floor), the whistle echoed really harsh. There were kids (including my daughter) and a baby in the lines, and you would sense that everyone (except for himself and his friends) are annoyed, but they could only shake their head in disagreement to the noise.
At one point, a friend also told me that magazine pages were torn and scattered at one of the train's floors...not typically a Vienna scene.... =(
So far, there are no reports of violence happening between the fans. A significant number of police officers were dispatched in this area as well as the Praterstern and at the Stadium as well.
Alice, I am no fan either, I love basketball better lol. I think France is playing in another set so I haven't seen them yet.
Babooshka, I'd tell hubby about your comments, I'm sure he'd appreciate that. England here or not, Hooligans are still around. =D