Published On: Tue, Jul 16th, 2019

Angela Merkel greeted with boos, a Hitler salute and chants of ‘go away’ at Dresden visit | World | News

Supporters of the xenophobic Pegidaa alliance launched a demonstration outside of the Albertinum, where Angela Merkel was guest of honour at the meeting on Monday evening. Approximately 50 people shouted “go away” and “Merkel must go”, something the demonstrators repeatedly chant during appearances of the Chancellor, and one protestor went as far as imitating the Nazi salute. Another demonstrator is being investigated for attempted dangerous bodily injury, following after throwing a plastic bottle at a media representative.

The German Chancellor arrived in Dresden on Monday to attend a women’s network meeting, where she gave a speech calling for equality everywhere.

But the German far-right movement Pegida, which stands for Patriotic Europeans Against the Islamisation of the Occident, decided to hold a rally at the event as dozens booed the Chancellor’s arrival.

Pegida leader Lutz Bachmann announced the spontaneous demonstration earlier that day.

Around 50 people gathered outside where Ms Merkel was located and police initiated preliminary proceedings against three participants.

Dresden police said a man is being investigated for attempted dangerous bodily injury after throwing a plastic bottle at a media representative.

Another protestor who imitated the Hitler salute is being investigated for the use of symbols of unconstitutional organisations.

A third demonstrator allegedly denied the Holocaust in a conversation with counter-demonstrators, according to police.

The man was temporarily taken into police custody and is being investigated for sedition.

The German Chancellor visited Dresden to take part in a meeting of Saxon scientists, women entrepreneurs, politicians and female executives from the judiciary and administration.

The women’s network was launched by Prime Minister Michael Kretschmer in March in order to promote a stronger exchange.

The visit is expected to be the penultimate appearance of Ms Merkel before the state election on September 1.

On August 31 the Chancellor will be awarded an honorary doctorate in Leipzig.

Additional reporting by Monika Pallenberg

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