German parliamentary officials are investigating how people protesting the government’s lockdown measures were able to enter the Bundestag building and harangue lawmakers ahead of a crucial vote.
High-level lawmakers met Thursday to examine allegations that deputies from the far-right Alternative for Germany, or AfD, party used their credentials to help a small number of protesters get through security.
The video posted on social media showed a protester accusing Economy Minister Peter Altmaier of “having no conscience” and insulting him. Altmaier said Thursday that he had ignored the incident, but was saddened that other lawmakers had also been harassed.
The incident occurred when thousands of people protested the approval by parliament of a bill that provides legal backing for the government to issue social distancing rules, require masks in public, and close shops and other venues to slow the spread of the coronavirus. . Berlin police used water cannons and pepper spray to disperse protesters after they defied orders to wear masks.