Germany's vice chancellor gave the finger to neo-Nazi protesters. He regrets he wasn't ruder
Germany’s vice-chancellor has defended sticking his middle finger up at a group of neo-nazi protesters. Sigmar Gabriel, who is also the country’s economy minister, said his only mistake was not using both hands.
They accused Mr Gabriel of betraying the memory of his father, who was a Nazi supporter. “Your father loved his country, and what have you done to it? You’re destroying it,” one protester said.
Mr Gabriel has previously openly condemned the fascist beliefs of his father, who he says denied the Holocaust until his death in 2012.
In an interview in 2013, Mr Gabriel said he severed contact with his father at the age of 18 after discovering his Nazi sympathies.
After being confronted, the politician laughed and raised his middle finger at the far-right group before walking away.
He said his critics should think about what they would do if faced with a group of "young, aggressive, swearing and ready-for-violence Nazis".
“I made only one mistake, I have not used both hands,” he said in the interview on German television.