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Having a Ball

Protesters tried to disrupt the Vienna Opera Ball last week. DW-WORLD readers comment on the attack on Austria's top society event.

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At least the dancefloor remained protest-free.

The protesters have become as much a tradition as the ball itself. Let them protest if they want to, there is very little else happening in Vienna to bring attention to an demonstration (as long as it doesn't turn violent). Young people will always be against "traditions", but then they grow up and want to impress their wives and try to get tickets to the ball too. And besides, the majority of Viennese prefer to watch the ball on TV and do not care about the demonstrators, neither do the guests at the ball. -- Joanna Lazzo, Vienna native living in New York

I think the protesters at the Vienna Ball are rather ridiculous. Not that they shouldn't have the right to protest, but it seems rather silly to target something like this for their anti-American campaign. There is a lot more wrong in the world than having a Ball. -- Brice, USA

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