German FM heckled during Ukraine speech (VIDEO) — Analysis
A group of protesters heckled German Foreign Minister Annalena Baerbock during a speech on Saturday, as she defended the government’s decision to send weapons to Ukraine. After Russia’s attack on Ukraine, many Western countries have begun to supply arms to Kiev.
Baerbock was speaking to about 1,000 people at Ahrensburg in northern Germany. According to police, around 150 protestors booed the minister, using sirens, whistles, loudspeakers, and whistles when she spoke on stage. Some shouted “warmonger”And “liar”Baerbock
The police stated that things calmed after they intervened. The event was canceled for one person.
Baerbock arrived in Ahrensburg as a candidate for the Green Party at the local elections. He defended his decision to send weapons into Ukraine during the Russian offensive. “We want to help the people of Ukraine so they can defend themselves against Putin’s war of aggression, which is illegal under international law,”The Russian President was the subject of her speech.
Baerbock had also planned an event in Lubeck on Saturday, another northern German city. Security concerns meant that the speech had to be canceled after butyric acid was accidentally sprayed on an open-air platform. This acid can be irritating to eyes or cause breathing difficulties. In the event, no one was hurt.
“We will not be intimidated by such cowardly, underhanded attacks,” Emily Buning, the Greens’ political director, said.
In Essen, west Germany, Chancellor Olaf Scholz received similar ridicules during his campaign speech.
On Thursday, the nation’s parliament approved delivery of heavier weapons to Ukraine. Germany, along with other NATO members has supplied Kiev with weapons, such as anti-armor missile and anti-aircraft systems as well as armored vehicles.
Russia attacked Ukraine in late February, following Kiev’s failure to implement the terms of the Minsk agreements, first signed in 2014, and Moscow’s eventual recognition of the Donbass republics of Donetsk and Lugansk. French and German diplomats brokered the protocols to ensure that the region was granted special status by the Ukrainian state.
Since then, the Kremlin demanded Ukraine declare itself neutral and vow to never join NATO’s military bloc. Kiev claims that the Russian invasion was unprovoked. It also denies any plans to take the republics with force.
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