Angry campaigners held placards with slogans reading “Merkel not welcomed” and “Merkel must go” following a spate of terror attacks against Germany.It comes just before Mrs Merkel is handed a honorary doctorate from Belgian KU Leuven and UGent universites in Brussels.
She was chosen for “her diplomatic and political efforts to boost Europe’s political strength, and to defend the values which allow the continent to find unity in diversity”.
The beleagured leader has increasingly come under fire for her ill-fated refugee policy which has seen more than a million migrants enter Germany in the past year.
Her grip on power is growing ever weaker, with rebellion across the country against her controversial immigration policies.
Furious activists also held posters emblazoned with the face of Angela Merkel and the message: “Terror Berlin 19-12-2016 GUILTY”.
Islamic State (ISIS) terrorist Anis Amri ploughed a HGV lorry into Berlin Christmas market revellers, killing 12 and injuring 48 others.
German authorities failed to deport Berlin terror attack suspect Amri, 24, a Tunisian asylum-seeker, because he had no valid identity papers. He was shot dead by police on the streets of Milan.
The extremist was able to flee to Italy just four days after the gruesome massacre, prompting harsh criticism over Europe’s controversial free movement zone
Mrs Merkel sought to quash fears that Germany is no longer capable of protecting its own people by promising to crush terrorism and increase the number of deportations of dangerous extremists.
This is not the first time protesters have taken to the streets to call for the German leader to step down.
Campaigners shouted “Merkel must go” during a protest in Dresden as Mrs Merkel arrived to celebrate German Unity Day.
H/T – Express