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German vice chancellor makes coarse gesture at neo-Nazi protesters

Published 17/08/2016

Sigmar Gabriel's late father was a committed Nazi
Sigmar Gabriel's late father was a committed Nazi

A leading German politician has received praise - and some criticism - after making an unambiguous gesture of disdain towards far-right protesters.

A video posted online shows vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel raising his middle finger at a group of neo-Nazis in the central German town of Salzgitter.

The clip shows about 10 far-right protesters holding placards accusing chancellor Angela Merkel's deputy of being a "race traitor" and praising Mr Gabriel's late father, a committed Nazi.

At first, the leader of the centre-left Social Democratic Party is seen laughing at the demonstrators before raising his middle finger and turning away.

While some on social media criticised Mr Gabriel for his coarse reaction, many praised the gesture, with one user on Facebook saying: "I can't like that often enough."

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