Anti-refugee tank in carnival causes controversy as parades called off

Police in Germany are investigating whether a carnival parade in Bavaria broke hate crime laws after it included a float mocked up as a Nazi tank with the words “Asylum Defence” written along it.

Annual carnival parades in Germany before the start of Lent are famous for their satirical floats, and are traditionally granted considerable licence.

But there were objections that the float at Steinkirchen had gone too far, and amounted to incitement against asylum-seekers.