‘Merkel stays silent’: Twitter mocks German chancellor for not speaking out over attacks on refugees

German Chancellor Angela Merkel © Marko Djurica
One of the secrets of German Chancellor Angela Merkel’s success has been to wait before commenting on major incidents. However, it seems the German public has become fed-up with her sitting on the fence, with Twitter users mocking the chancellor.

They have come up with the hashtag “Merkelschweigt” or “Merkel stays silent” on the social platform to poke fun at her for not speaking out about pressing issues.

The creations were certainly colorful, with Merkel looking on with no emotion as the Titanic sank, or Godzilla was on the rampage.

The movement also created a Twitter page “Merkelschweigt,” which has already amassed over 200 followers in the space of just over 24 hours. It’s avatar shows Merkel’s lips covered by a moth that was used as the cover for the hit movie, “The Silence of the Lambs.”

It seems the final straw for many was Chancellor Merkel’s delay in condemning attacks by neo-Nazis on refugees. In fact, she was even booed as she arrived at refugee center in Heidenau in the east of the country.

It seems the final straw for many was Chancellor Merkel’s delay in condemning attacks by neo-Nazis on refugees. In fact, she was even booed as she arrived at refugee center in Heidenau in the east of the country.

It seems the final straw for many was Chancellor Merkel’s delay in condemning attacks by neo-Nazis on refugees. In fact, she was even booed as she arrived at refugee center in Heidenau in the east of the country.

About 200 people shouted, "Traitor, traitor," and "We are the mob,” which was a reference to a leading German politician's use of words to condemn the protesters, AFP reported.

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