Thousands Turn Out for Vienna Protest Against Shut Down of One of City’s Biggest Sidewalks

Thousands of protesters walked peacefully through Vienna Tuesday protesting a planned shut down of one of the city’s busiest streets. Tourists, students and city officials could be seen carrying banners and waving to cheers…

Thousands Turn Out for Vienna Protest Against Shut Down of One of City's Biggest Sidewalks

Thousands of protesters walked peacefully through Vienna Tuesday protesting a planned shut down of one of the city’s busiest streets.

Tourists, students and city officials could be seen carrying banners and waving to cheers from the crowd. A brief peace rally also took place on other blocks of the street.

The celebration has been scheduled for Friday when a major party is scheduled on Oeilswylderplatz, the major square in Vienna.

Police have planned for the closure of the street for five days in advance. On Monday, police announced the re-opening of the city’s famed Wiener Neuhaus and Zingerkirche.

A spokesperson for the protest organizer NPD on Twitter said that the rally aimed to emphasize the “sensible and necessary” decision to close Oeilswylderplatz for the five days.

Thousands of police have been mobilized for the festive occasion. At least three opposition protestors have been arrested.

Austria’s Chancellor Sebastian Kurz traveled to Austria-Hungary border Tuesday and met with the Minister of Home Affairs in Budapest to discuss Austrian security issues.

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