Saturday 20 January 2018

Merkel 'won't avoid' campaigning in eastern Germany despite hecklers

Protesters at the Marktplatz in Annaberg-Buchholz, eastern Germany (AP)
Protesters at the Marktplatz in Annaberg-Buchholz, eastern Germany (AP)

Angela Merkel has said she will not avoid eastern Germany despite encountering heckling at an election campaign rally there.

Mrs Merkel was greeted with whistles and shouts of "get lost" at campaign stops in the eastern states of Saxony and Thuringia on Thursday, as she seeks re-election as chancellor.

The incidents recalled scenes in the eastern town of Heidenau two years ago, when protesters screamed abuse at Mrs Merkel for allowing hundreds of thousands of refugees to come to Germany.

The chancellor told reporters at an election event in Berlin that she enjoys campaigning everywhere, "and I think it's particularly important that we go to those places where democracy needs to be fought for".

Mrs Merkel is seeking a fourth term as chancellor in the elections on September 24.

Press Association

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