Germany’s gay federal health minister, Jens Spahn, was jeered, spat at and called a “gay pig” by thongs of anti-mask protesters in western Germany on Saturday (29 August). An experienced conservative lawmaker, Spahn left a building in the city of Bergisch-Gladbach after a local campaign appearance for the centre-right Christian Democratic Union of Germany party when he was heckled.

While Germany’s handling of the coronavirus – and the precarious, seesaw-ing of lockdown easing that followed – has seen it emerge as a considered leader in the crisis, a small, often far-right faction of opponents have left officials worried.

Indeed, even as Chancellor Angela Merkel’s government is enjoying high levels of trust, anti-maskers have raged. The latest public outpouring of anger saw Spahn approach the crowd, video footage showed, and attempt to speak with them.

Germany minister blasts coronavirus deniers for spitting on Jens Spahn, says it infringes constitution. He took off his face-covering in front of a heaving crowd of dozens, hurling homophobic insults and shouting “Disgrace!”, “Shame!” and “Go away!” at him. Some spat. Others threw obscene gestures. 

The incident fuelled alarm among CDU leaders, as a campaign in Münster scheduled for Monday night (31 August) was moved to an indoor venue.

Source: PinkNews

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