Political officials in Germany have expressed anger and shock over the killing of a young man working at a gas station, shot by a customer in the town of Idar-Oberstein in the western German state of Rhineland-Palatinate, due to a dispute over the wearing of a muzzle.
German media reported that “the young man asked the customer to wear a mask after entering the station store, but the latter refused, threatened and quarrelled with him, then left the place, and in the evening the customer entered the gas station again wearing a mask, pulled a pistol, and fired a fatal shot at the 20-year-old, then fled. By foot".
Idar Oberstein Mayor Frank Froehof described the incident as an "unfathomably horrible act", while Agriculture Minister Yulia Klöckner said: "The killing is shocking."
"The victim was actually executed in an act that showed an unimaginable level of extremism," said Paul Tsimiak, secretary-general of the Christian Democratic Union.
Germany witnessed many protests organized by opponents of wearing masks during the period of the epidemic, in which tens of thousands of people participated, and the demonstrations attracted a variety of people from skeptics of the vaccine to members of the far-right Alternative for Germany party.