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President Wulff pelted with eggs

The Local · 14 Apr 2011, 16:36

Published: 14 Apr 2011 16:36 GMT+02:00

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Wulff, at 51 the country's youngest-ever head of state, had just arrived in the western city of Wiesbaden when a 48-year-old man in the crowd starting lobbing eggs at him, police said in a statement.

"The clothing of the federal president was soiled," the authorities said. "The president himself is doing fine."

Wulff was accompanied by Hesse state premier Volker Bouffier, who was also smeared with yolk. Police overpowered the egg-wielding assailant soon after the ambush and took him into custody.

The president told reporters that he had asked to keep security measures as low-key as possible.

"I like to have contact with citizens," he was quoted as saying. "That means getting hit by an egg now and then."

Soon after, he appeared in a fresh jacket and posed for a picture with a group attending a Girls' Day event at the state parliament.

Not all German politicians have managed to take such assaults in their stride.

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Then chancellor Helmut Kohl was ambushed by demonstrators hurling eggs, tomatoes and paint in the eastern city of Halle in 1991. The furious German leader ran after the attackers but his staff and a crowd barrier prevented him from levelling a blow.


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Your comments about this article

17:15 April 14, 2011 by Keydeck
Ein yolk, ein...
17:20 April 14, 2011 by trash head
He deserved it
17:24 April 14, 2011 by Landmine
Happy Easter!!!!
17:28 April 14, 2011 by adipk
but why?????
18:13 April 14, 2011 by trash head
> but why?????

He was conspicuous by its medial absence. Responsibility or opinion didnt counted to his strengths.

He was just a big FAIL.
18:17 April 14, 2011 by auniquecorn
Dam, has he even been in office long enough to fk up yet?
20:44 April 14, 2011 by iseedaftpeople
ah, good times... good times!
21:54 April 14, 2011 by lordkorner
Never happen in Brandenburg...
23:27 April 14, 2011 by wxman
Socialists worldwide are unhappy to discover they've run out of other people's money. And they don't like it.
11:33 April 15, 2011 by tactician
It was a waste of an egg for he doesn't worth that much! he seems fit to be the president of Turky not Germany.
11:42 April 15, 2011 by Universalismus
3-DE Käfighaltung eier=FDP

2-DE, 1-DE=Freihandhaltung und Bodenhaltung eier CDU/CSU

0-DE Bio Eier=SPD/Grün

Save the earth
15:56 April 16, 2011 by Kennneth Ingle
I agree with tactician on this one. Wasting eggs, when so many people in this world have nothing to eat, is a crying shame.
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