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June 18, 2006


They're beginning to shut down the city in preparation for the arrival of George W. Bush in Vienna next week. The government has issued no fewer than seven information brochures about the no-go zones on 20 and 21 June. A substantial part of the inner city will be totally inaccessible. Tourists had better avoid the area around the Hofburg (Imperial Palace) and the Hotel Intercontinental, or they might be shot by these nice people.

And while the Austrian government is preparing to welcome the president, some Viennese are expressing their sentiments about the upcoming visit:

Viennese welcome for George W. Bush, June 2006

In the meantime, the initiative is preparing a big demonstration against the American president. The meeting point is on 21 June, 5pm at Westbahnhof station.

Posted by Horst on June 18, 2006 10:50 AM to news of the world | Tell-a-friend

Jann said on June 18, 2006 04:41 PM:

Many of us here would like to be able to say that
to him too.

Megan said on June 19, 2006 09:16 PM:

Maybe you could start a Keep Bush in Vienna movement ;-)? Only for the next two years, then you could send him back.

laura g brown said on June 20, 2006 03:57 AM:

So, the W. in GWB stands for "Weiner" next week?
--Won't miss him.

Horst said on June 20, 2006 10:57 AM:

Unless there is a spelling issue involved here, no, I don't think he'll weep a lot during his visit here.

nora said on June 21, 2006 07:36 PM:

yeah, keep him. please?

i could go into the wiener-weiner thing, but its difficult because americans don't use the international phonetic symbols. the inconsistency of ai, i: and ei here drives me nuts. but then, it's almost harmless in comparison with what's happening to italian names, phonetically speaking.

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