Pol Caught Flipping Bird Wishes He'd Flipped 2
Germany's Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel kept things concise for neo-Nazi hecklers
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Aug 28, 2016 12:33 PM CDT
In this 2015 file picture Vice Chancellor and Economy Minister Sigmar Gabriel.   (Markus Schreiber)

(Newser) – Germany's second-in-command has only one regret after flipping the bird at a group of neo-Nazis recently. He wishes he'd shown them both middle fingers, not one, reports the AP. Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel received both criticism and applause for his unambiguous gesture of disdain toward neo-Naziprotesters in the town of Salzgitter earlier this month. A video posted online showed about 10 far-right protesters hurling abuse at Gabriel and praising his late father, an ardent believer in Nazism. The BBC notes that Gabriel's party then released a statement noting that "obviously Sigmar Gabriel does not regard that gesture to be an appropriate form of everyday communication, but communication was not possible with bellowing neo-Nazis who were clearly prepared to use violence."

But Gabriel told public broadcaster ZDF in an interview broadcast Sunday that "I made just one mistake, I didn't use both hands." In recent months, far-right groups have repeatedly interrupted meetings between German politicians and voters to protest the government's refugee policy.
 

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