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Football fans are allowed to show Austrian flag

austrian flagAs the Football Euro 2008 in Austria and Switzerland is coming closer and closer, a drastic increase of Austrian flags on the streets is discoverable.

Such a patriotic development was a thorn in the flesh of some politicans and lawyers.

They have warned enthusiastic Austrians through the medias, that it’s not allowed to show the Austrian flag in or on cars. Only the Austrian president has such a privilege. A contravene flagrantly should be punished by a 5.000 Euro fine.

The result of such a capriciously law was a massive protest of the Austrian population. Now the Socialdemocratic transport minister Werner Faymann decided to cancel this kind of law during the football event. Austrians are allowed to celebrate their national team with the red-white-red Austrian flag.

Austrias Interior Minister Günther Platter (Peoples Party) confirmed that it would be absurd to make showing the Austrian flag a punishable offense. “I am happy about the decision not to make it a crime”, he said.


4 Kommentare zu “Football fans are allowed to show Austrian flag”

  1. OVB

    Yes they are aloud already but defenitely not that one!

  2. Mike

    They are hosting the euro2008 which is a huge event, they should be able to represent their team.

  3. borgduck

    They should be allowed to wave their flag! we’ve had similar problems with the English flag & Germany also just before the World Cup.

  4. el Abra » calaor, fobal y nacionalismos

    […] Desde hace un mes que Austria suspendió las comodidades del Schengen, por miedo a los hooligans, aunque emitiendo una visa combo euro 2008, que valen en Suiza también. Los cuerpos de policía están reforzados por alemanes pero vistiendo el uniforme Austríaco, y hay una ley específica que permite el uso de la bandera roja y blanca en los autos durante la copa. Y Viena es un caos, con las avenidas cerradas al tráfico y vendedores haciendo huelga por el síndrome baño del papa. […]

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