After many other cities, Salzburg also has its zebra crossing: In front of Mirabell Palace, bright colors have graced the street since Wednesday morning – but the conservative parties have clearly criticized the symbol of diversity.
City councilors personally paint the last two stripes
The last two stripes were painted on the gray asphalt in the morning by the two responsible city councilors Martina Berthold from the citizens’ list and Anja Hagenauer from the SPÖ. The message is clear: Salzburg stands for an open and diverse society.
“Salzburg is diversity. And we want to show that too. The passage in front of the Mirabell Palace is not only one of the most frequented areas in the city on Schrannen days. We are making a clear statement for more tolerance and against discrimination, ”said Hagenauer.
It was “symbolically important” for Berthold that the first rainbow zebra crossing in the city of Salzburg was painted at the seat of the city government. But this symbolism does not seem to go down so well with the ÖVP and FPÖ.
FPÖ demands removal, ÖVP sulks and checks
“We demand that the original condition of the zebra crossing be restored immediately,” says FPÖ councilor Robert Altbauer annoyed Salzburg news: A corresponding application has already been submitted. The city government is only doing symbolic politics, according to the Freedom Party.
And the Salzburg city ÖVP also seems to be upset. Because the building department of the magistrate was apparently not inaugurated in the plans of the two city councilors, the office of the ÖVP mayor Harald Preuner could check on Wednesday morning from the road and traffic law office whether the painting at all complied with the road traffic regulations.
The result: The colorful stripes between the white stripes are just as legally compliant in Salzburg as in Vienna, Graz, Villach, Innsbruck or all other cities that preceded Mozart’s city on this point. And Hagenauer emphasized that the first Salzburg rainbow zebra crossing WILL be installed permanently.
“If the city councilor were so quick at brushing everywhere, then she would not have forgotten the restricted line at the Rotkreuz parking lot and the color coding of some bike paths would be further,” says Preuner’s office.