Germany: prosecutors probe mock gallows at PEGIDA rally

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Posted: Oct 13, 2015 6:30 AM
Germany: prosecutors probe mock gallows at PEGIDA rally

BERLIN (AP) — Prosecutors in the German city of Dresden have opened an investigation after a demonstrator at a protest organized by anti-Islam group PEGIDA carried a mock gallows with nooses marked as being reserved for Chancellor Angela Merkel and her deputy.

Prosecutor Jan Hille said Tuesday that an investigation was opened into persons unknown on suspicion of disturbing the peace and public incitement to commit crimes, news agency dpa reported.

The incident at Monday evening's rally drew condemnation from Merkel's conservative Christian Democrats and Vice Chancellor Sigmar Gabriel's Social Democrats.

PEGIDA co-founder Lutz Bachmann mocked the outrage in a Facebook post, saying that the gallows was much smaller than it appeared in published photos and saying he was amused by "stupefying exaggeration" fueled by the "lying press."