Out of solidarity, the Netherlands has planted 10,000 tulip bulbs in the Austrian city of Vienna, where a terrorist attack was committed at the beginning of November. A radicalized man then shot four people and wounded dozens of others.
Tulip bulbs also planted where the first shot was fired
The Austrian police also made a statement today, the Kronen newspaper. The corps produced one video with the message: “In Vienna there is room for me (the people, ed.), not for terrorism.” Professional football player David Alaba and opera director Bogdan Roscic appear in the video, which is widely shared online by Austrians.
Mayor Michael Ludwig of Vienna discussed the gift of the Dutch ambassador Aldrik Gierveld during a press moment on Thursday. “The tulip bulbs are not only a symbol of the relationship between Vienna and the Netherlands. When they bloom, they will become a colorful symbol of solidarity, reminding murderers that they will never reach their goal of dividing the world,” the Kronen newspaper.
Gierveld added that the tulips should remind residents that they are not alone in the fight against terrorism.
The tulip bulbs have been planted at various locations in the city of Vienna, including the Ruprechtsstiege where the perpetrator probably fired his first shot. He has shot at at least six locations.
The shooter was shot by officers. It concerned a 20-year-old man who was sentenced to 22 months in prison in April 2019 for wanting to join the Islamic State (IS). He was released on parole in early December. In addition, at least fifteen others were arrested on suspicion of involvement.