It is the country they are loyal to. What the Tyroleans sang thousands upon thousands of times in their unofficial national anthem “Loyalty to the Land of Tyrol”, many now want to prove. In the past few days, they have integrated the Tirol logo in large red letters into their profile picture on social media; the picture of an Austria map is circulating in which a large red heart is drawn instead of Tirol.
But why is there anything to prove at all?
The reason for the emphatic display of pronounced love of home are the events of the past few days: Due to the spread of the South African mutation form of the coronavirus in Tyrol, the state and federal government are discussing to isolate the state from the rest of Austria. State officials protested against this vehemently. The y agreed on a travel warning for Tyrol and on the fact that since Friday the state border may only be crossed with a negative test result.
The rest of the world reacted quickly to the development: Germany made Tyrol a mutation area, there is a ban on transport and entry is only permitted in exceptional cases. Ireland immediately declared Austria a “red zone”.
All of this leaves those responsible in Tyrol offended. The y feel misunderstood and “bashed” by the rest of Austria, especially Vienna. The threat posed by the virus mutation is low and the spread in Tyrol is no more pronounced than anywhere else, said Tyrol’s Chamber of Commerce President Christoph Walser. Governor Günther Platter also publicly doubted the proportionality of the measures.
An explosive dynamic for which the Frankfurter Allgemeine found clear words. “In the job profile of a Tyrolean governor, defiance is an important quality,” it read.
Is that correct? And where does the tendency of Tyroleans to be so skeptical of tougher virus control measures?