'I should have used both hands': German minister defends giving neo-Nazi protesters the finger
Sigmar Gabriel has defended giving a group of heckling neo-Nazi protesters the middle finger earlier this month.
Gabriel, who is the country’s economy minster, raised eyebrows after being accosted by a group of masked protesters holding banners bearing the slogan “Traitor”.
“Man, your father loved his country, and what have you done to it? You’re destroying it,” a protester could be heard saying in video footage of the incident, in a reference to Gabriel’s father, who was a Nazi.
The Social Democrat leader, who has publicly condemned his father as a “die-hard Nazi”, turned to face the protesters with a smile, before making the gesture.