Sometimes when I am drunk I steal things (benevolently). Also sometimes when I am sober, but only fine cheeses from expensive supermarkets.
Once, walking home after a long night, I found a PSA with a picture of a cute dog, a pile of shit, and a threatening message telling all the Viennese that they would be charged 36 euro if they didn’t clean up the shit of their pet. The best bit is the quote under the image of dog shit which says, in wonderful Austrian dialect, “Nimm ein Sackerl für mein Gackerl” (or, “bring a bag for my shit.”)
A pro-business, anti-immigrant, right-wing party in Austria (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Freedom_Party_of_Austria) just started a massive billboard advertisement campaign throughout Vienna that has a picture of a very Aryan looking blue-eyed politician douche bag spewing some nationalistic bullshit in German about the rights of Austrians over non-Austrians. This morning I left my flat to find the advertisement of the busstop directly in front of my apartment building changed from an Ottakringer beer ad to one of these fucking fascist political ads. Mind you, I live in a neighborhood of almost exclusively Turkish/Balkan immigrants and broke students. I had to act.
So I took my stolen PSA that had been living outside of my apartment door, cut out the shit and the slogan, and duct taped it to the eye-ball of the Aryan asshole who stares at me every time I open my door. Underneath, at the suggestion of my flatmate, I taped a bag for the gackerl. It will probably be ripped off by tomorrow, and my camera battery is dead and I’ve lost my charger so I can’t even take a picture, but hopefully someone chuckled at my small act of defacement.
The far-right in Europe is just the worst and growing stronger and stronger. It makes me sad. When I was younger I used to harbor such naive ideas about how Europe was some sort of progressive utopia compared to the United States. I think as a result of this old fantasy, the right-wing here upsets me more than at home.
I couldn’t find a picture of the current ad, but I found an old one from the same party. It says: “More courage for our Viennese blood; too many foreigners is good for no one.”