A YouTube video featuring a “flash mob” heckling German Chancellor Angela Merkel at an election rally has been watched by more than a quarter of a million people.
The protest, held by dozens of people last week in the northern city of Hamburg, had participants shouting “Yeaahh” at every sentence spoken by the conservative leader, in the run up to last Sunday’s vote.
The video, which has already been viewed by 282,000 people, also showed protesters waving placards with the words: “All together: Yeaahh”.
But despite the protestors’ best efforts to get under the chancellor’s skin, Merkel appeared unfazed by the interruptions and carried on with her speech.
The activists apparently turned up at the rally after someone posted a picture of Merkel on the online picture-sharing Web site Flickr along with an invitation to “flash mob” her in Hamburg.
The notice was picked up by other Web sites and Twitter, the micro-blogging service.
“This is our political message and the political meaning of this flash mob — we won’t swallow election campaign messages anymore and we’ll throw Merkel’s rubbish back at her with an ironic ‘Yeaahh’,” wrote Rene Walter on the nerdcore.de blog.
At another demonstration in Mainz in southwestern Germany, some 150 people, apparently also summoned on the Internet, mixed at the last minute with a crowd of Merkel supporters to shout slogans against nuclear power.
Merkel’s Christian Democrats retained power in last Sunday’s election, garnering 33.8 percent of the vote.
The full video can be seen at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=J_DRAIGbvUw. (AFP)