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Police launch probe against protester for 'insulting' Merkel

28 August 2015, 18:16

Berlin - German police said Friday they have launched a criminal probe against a female protester who hurled insults at Chancellor Angela Merkel during her visit to a refugee shelter.

The woman, who has not been named, can be seen shouting "bitch" at Merkel in a video on YouTube, tabloid Bild reported.

Police told AFP that an investigation has been opened into "anti-constitutional slander against constitutional organs" of state.

The probe is "targeted at the comments made loudly" by the woman who was protesting alongside far-right demonstrators and carrying a placard reading "traitor".

Asked about the insults levied at the German leader, Merkel's spokesman Steffen Seibert said the chancellor did not plan to press charges.

He added that she has already made her point clear during the visit to the refugee shelter in the eastern town of Heidenau.

"There will be no tolerance of those who question the dignity of other people," the German leader said during her visit.

"The more people who make that clear... through their work and also in conversations with acquaintances, friends and families, the stronger we will be and the better we will be able to address this task" of caring for refugees, she added.

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