#Germany: A man shouting "for #Nazis there is no bathing place" stole the clothes of Alexander Gauland, co-leader of the neo-fascist #AfD party. The action took place last week in a lake near #Potsdam. #fckafd pic.twitter.com/cnK7VcXg4C— th1an1 (@th1an1) June 6, 2018
An unidentified person reportedly stole the clothes of a co-leader of Germany's far-right Alternative for Germany party while he was swimming in a lake outside Berlin.
Alexander Gauland, co-leader of the AfD's parliamentary wing, then, had to walk to the police station clad in nothing but his bathing shorts, a moment that was captured on camera.
The alleged incident occurred less than a week after Gauland downplayed the actions of Adolf Hitler and other Nazis during the Second World War as “just a speck of bird shit in over 1,000 years of successful German history”. The politician is also notorious for his repeated attacks on Islam, especially Muslim migrants.
The identity of the thief is not yet known. However, German media reports the unknown suspect either shouted "Nazis don't need bathing fun" or "There's no swimming for Nazis here" before stealing Gauland's clothes.
According to Gauland's statement to the local Maerkische Allgemeine newspaper, other bathers called the police without asking him. He has reportedly filed a criminal complaint.
Meanwhile, many users on the internet have been making fun of the German politician's photo.
God bless you, unidentified German clothes-stealing man. https://t.co/7th88DXgnD— Forest Fringe (@ForestFringe) June 6, 2018
Some heroes steal capes https://t.co/Peb5HVTK53— Steve Peers (@StevePeers) June 6, 2018
Made my day. https://t.co/EiMQLYnqhB— ????? ?????? (@twittlik) June 5, 2018
The incident has also prompted debate over publishing Gauland's photo. Germany's largest tabloid newspaper refused to print the image.
Alexander Gauland, head of the AfD, (same guy who called the Holocaust "just a bird dropping on 1,000 years of German history") had his clothes stolen while swimming at a lake the other day. Which is funny. Even funnier? German media debating whether it's OK to share the photo. pic.twitter.com/DbgC0S31ed— Charles Hawley (@charles_hawley) June 6, 2018
However, for many, the unidentified thief is a hero since he, while committing a petty crime, used a non-violent tactic to protest against a far-right politician who once said Germany should be "proud" of its WWII soldiers, who, by the way, comprised of Nazis, who killed nearly six million Jews during the Holocaust.
That's nothing to be "proud" of.
excellent example of the fact you can handily bash racist bastards without actually being violent. https://t.co/BpxKtH2lDD— Dan Hett (@danhett) June 6, 2018
USA: Hot disputes about whether it's ok to punch a nazi.— eve massacre (@evemassacre) June 5, 2018
GER: Hot disputes whether it's okay to retweet the picture of a nazi (AfD-nazi Gauland) who had his clothes robbed by Antifa while swimming in a lake. smh. Priorities, Germany, priorities. https://t.co/V2vJPRh00H
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