FILE PHOTO: German Vice Chancellor and Economy and Climate Protection Minister Robert Habeck attends a session at the upper house of parliament Bundesrat building in Berlin, Germany, July 8, 2022. REUTERS/Michele Tantussi/File Photo

The state protection of the Dresden police is investigating a video distributed on the Internet in which a staged kidnapping of Federal Minister of Economics Robert Habeck (Greens) is said to be seen.

In it, a man lies in a trunk with a sack over his head and handcuffed. “On Monday, the Heidenau citizens’ protest will take care of Robert Habeck and put him on trial! Appears in large numbers.” says the video description on Facebook.

The video is suspected of being a public call to commit crimes, said a police spokesman in Dresden on Monday when asked by epd. In addition, investigations are being carried out on suspicion of insult, slander and defamation of a public figure.

The video was used to advertise a protest event on Monday evening in Heidenau near Dresden on Facebook. The Federal Ministry of Economics reported the publicly visible video to Facebook so that it can be checked and deleted in accordance with the Network Enforcement Act. In addition, the matter will be legally examined, the ministry said on request.