German vice chancellor Sigmar Gabriel was attending an election campaign event in Salzgitter, Lower Saxony on August 12th when a group of about 20 nationalist protesters began heckling him, calling him a “race traitor,”as well as a “communist and cultural Marxist.”
The group also mentioned Gabriel’s father, a Nazi sympathizer, saying: “Your father loved his country, and what do you do? You destroy it.”
The Social Democrat leader cut all ties with his father when he was 18, because of his National Socialist beliefs. An attempt at reconciliation failed in 2005—his father refused to meet and was still holding firm to his old convictions.
The branding on the original version of the video shared on social media indicates that the protest was organised by the Young National Democrats, the official youth branch of the NPD, a nationalist party that Germany’s constitutional court could potentially ban this autumn.